Applying for a fire permit

Fire and Emergency New Zealand

Applying for a fire permit

Fire permits are needed for all fires in open air, where a Restricted or Prohibited fire season has been declared, or when fire in open air has been Prohibited.

To check if you need a fire permit, or to apply for one, please visit the Check it's Alright website and select the area where you wish to light the fire. If Fire and Emergency is not currently the permit issuer in your area you will be directed to an alternative contact.

Remember:

  • Fire permits through Fire and Emergency are free
  • Some permit applications may require a full inspection of the proposed burn location by an assessor
  • Some permit applications may require a detailed burn plan
  • Plan ahead if you are wanting to burn, any advice is willingly provided for free.

Ways to apply for a permit

Online

The Check it's Alright website links to an online application form in areas where it is available, or you will be directed to an alternative permit issuer.

Phone or email

The Check it's Alright website provides information and options to apply for a fire permit in:

  • rural areas by phone or email if an online application form is not available in your area
  • urban areas where Fire and Emergency is the permit issuer, or you will be directed to your council.

An alternative is to call Fire and Emergency on 0800 658 628 to apply for a fire permit, or be directed to an alternative permit issuer.

How long will the fire permit from Fire and Emergency last?

The fire permit includes a date from which the permit is effective, and an expiry date (no later than 5 years from the date the permit is effective). Note that all fire permits are suspended if a Prohibited fire season is declared in the area of the burn, or if there is a prohibition on the lighting of fires in the area of the burn.

Burning without a fire permit

It is an offence to knowingly or recklessly light, or allow another person to light a fire without a fire permit, or not in accordance with the conditions of the fire permit, during a Restricted or Prohibited fire season, or when there is a prohibition on the lighting of fires.

Do I need a fire permit in an Open fire season?

You don’t need a fire permit in an Open fire season. However, you must ensure that the fire does not get out of control and escape.

You still need to comply with any council bylaws and regional council requirements relating to smoke nuisance and discharges to the air, even if you are issued with a fire permit by Fire and Emergency.

Visit the Check It's Alright website.