Compliance and Enforcement

Fire and Emergency New Zealand

Compliance and Enforcement

Fire and Emergency New Zealand will monitor compliance with requirements of the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act 2017 and other relevant legislation.

The Fire and Emergency Compliance and enforcement policy will apply when noncompliance is detected and will guide decisions on what actions to take in response. It describes the general approach to compliance and enforcement.

Education is the first step and prosecution will generally only be used to address serious or repeated noncompliance.

We also have powers to assess compliance with requirements under any relevant fire safety legislation. To find out more about the powers that inspectors may use, see the Inspector powers factsheet.

The Fire and Emergency Prosecution policy sets out Fire and Emergency New Zealand’s approach to making decisions to prosecute offences against legislation and/or regulations by laying charges in a court. The policy is consistent with requirements set out in the Solicitor-General’s Prosecution Guidelines, and with other protocols and standards that apply to public prosecutions.