Season Information

Open Season

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

You can light a fire in open air without a permit - as long as you do so safely, have permission from the relevant land owner or occupier, and Fire and Emergency New Zealand hasn't prohibited the lighting of fires in open air in the location of your proposed fire.

For more information on fire types go to Keeping Safe, Fire Permitting fire types.

You are responsible for the fire and must ensure that it does not get out of control and spread to vegetation or property, and that it is put out properly. You also need to comply with city/district and regional council burning restrictions, including requirements relating to smoke nuisance and controls under the Resource Management Act.

Please contact us on 0800 673 473 or email [email protected]

Restricted Season

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

Lighting a fire is riskier than normal during a restricted fire season and you need to get a fire permit from Fire and Emergency before you light a fire in open air. 

The fire permit issued to you will include specific conditions to help you light your proposed fire safely and prevent it from getting out of control and spreading.

You also need to comply with city/district and regional council burning restrictions, including requirements relating to smoke nuisance and controls under the Resource Management Act.

It is an offence to knowingly or recklessly light, or allow another person to light, a fire in open air without a fire permit, or not in accordance with the conditions of a fire permit, during a restricted fire season.

Some authorised fire types may be allowed in your area without a permit during a restricted fire season. If you are unsure, the permit application process will identify if you need a permit. For more information on fire types go to Keeping Safe, Fire Permitting fire types.

There is an all year round restricted fire season on public conservation land.

Total Ban

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

It's hot and dry! Fires are more likely to burn out of control and result in damage to vegetation or property, or loss of life. 

Lighting a fire would be extremely risky so there is a ban on lighting any fires in open air.

During prohibited fire seasons, Fire and Emergency will only grant permits that are necessary to prevent, reduce, or overcome any hazard to life or because of any other serious emergency. Permits may also be granted if the weather or other conditions temporarily reduce the fire risk, making it safe to light a fire.

You also need to comply with city/district and regional council burning restrictions, including requirements relating to smoke nuisance and controls under the Resource Management Act.

It is an offence to knowingly or recklessly light, or allow another person to light, a fire in open air without a fire permit, or not in accordance with the conditions of a fire permit, during a prohibited fire season.

Some authorised fire types may be allowed in your area without a permit during a prohibited fire season. If you are unsure, the permit application process will identify if you need a permit.