Under the Protection of the Environment Operations (Clean Air) Regulation 2010, Council approval is not required for cooking, BBQs or having a fire for recreational purposes such as camping, picnicking, scouting or other similar outdoor activities, provided only dry seasoned wood, liquid petroleum gas (LPG), natural gas or proprietary barbecue fuel (including a small quantity of fire starter) is used.
There are some situations where you may need a permit to light a fire from a fire authority for recreational fires. For fires for cooking or heating, a permit is not required in RFS and Fire and Rescue zones, provided the fire is in a permanently constructed fireplace and meets the details on the RFS website.
For other types of recreational burning, if you have any questions about whether you need a permit please contact your fire authority. Use the Backyard Burning Map to find out which fire authority is relevant for your property.