Public consultation

Fire plans consultation – submissions closed

Fire and Emergency’s consultation on fire plans has now closed. We thank those that sent in submissions. Your feedback will help us finalise fire plans across the country. The relevant amendments will be made on each fire plan before they are finalised and published by 30 July 2021.  

If you have any questions on the consultation, these can be emailed to

What is a fire plan?

  • A fire plan outlines policies and procedures at a local level for the management of public safety and risks relating to fire. Each fire plan outlines, specific to each region, things like declaring the beginning and end of fire seasons, prohibiting and restricting fire use, and the issuing of fire permits.
  • Fire plans also provide increased transparency to the public about how Fire and Emergency’s fire control powers are used. When developing these local fire plans, Fire and Emergency carefully considers the fire-risk profile and conditions specific to each local area.
  • Fire plans now include information on things like local demographics and environmental factors that are relevant to our work to reduce risks from fire and to manage the potential impacts if one occurs. This information helps Fire and Emergency to deliver on the Reduction component of the 4R’s of Emergency Management.
  • These new fire plans differ from previous fire plans made under the Forest and Rural Fires Act 1977, which included information about response and resourcing activities, including contact information for various contracted services. This information is now captured separately in other planning processes or documents.


The new proposed fire plans are a requirement of section 22 of the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act 2017, which resulted in the establishment of Fire and Emergency, and in turn, the amalgamation of our rural and urban fire services.

As part of the Act, Fire and Emergency is required to develop fire plans for all local areas, whereas fire plans were previously developed for rural fire districts only, as required by the Forest and Rural Fire Regulations 2005.

Disputes Resolution Scheme Consultation closed

Fire and Emergency’s consultation on the Dispute Resolution Scheme Rules ran from 12 December 2019 until 20 February 2020 and is now closed. Thank you to all those who made submissions and comments on the Scheme design and processes. Overall, there was general support for the proposed rules and process for the Scheme. For more information about  the changes we made and the supporting rationale read  the Summary of and response to submissions.

The Dispute Resolution Scheme rules will give Fire and Emergency volunteers and the public an independent and transparent process to dispute our decisions.

If Fire and Emergency volunteers or the public disagree with something we have or have not done, or a decision we have made, they will be able to apply to have their dispute resolved through our new dispute resolution process which will replace our current Scheme.

Applicants will be able to access the new Scheme directly with the Administrator’s agreement rather than having to go through Fire and Emergency internal processes first as is the case with the current Scheme.

The Dispute Resolution rules are now finalised and available - Dispute Resolution Scheme Rules 2020.

Please note the rules are not yet in force but expected to be in place in early 2021 once the Scheme is operational. We are currently in the tender process for practitioner and administrator services for the Disputes Resolution Scheme.

Current Disputes Resolution Scheme

Our new rules are expected to be in place in early 2021. In the meantime, if you have a dispute, you can access our current dispute resolution process. To submit an application, use the dispute resolution process application form. Once you have completed the form, email it to: or mail it to:

Fire and Emergency New Zealand
Level 12, 80 The Terrace
PO Box 2133

Attention: Independent Manager, Disputes Resolution

More information about our current Dispute Resolution Scheme can be found in our Dispute Resolution – Guide for Applicants