Fire Rules and Safety

Members of the public concerned for their safety or safety of their property due to a fire should always call 111.

As of 8am on the June 2, 2021 Marlborough South and Kaikoura moved into an OPEN fire season.

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 types of fire may be allowed in your area without a permit during a restricted fire season. Check to see if you need a permit.

There is an all year round restricted fire season on public conservation land – find out more here.

Click here to check the current fire season

Fire and Emergency NZ are responsible for managing fire safety in NZ, including fires on or near our beaches and coastal areas. Council works with FENZ to ensure our communities are aware of any fire regulations and know what they should or should not do.

Fire and Emergency ask everyone to follow safe fire practices at all times. They provide the following general advice: 

  • you must not light a fire in fire risk conditions that make it likely that the fire will spread beyond the limits of the location or property
  • immediately before lighting the fire, you must make reasonable efforts to confirm that no fire bans are in place
  • no fire is to be lit within 5 metre of any part of any building, fence, tree, hedge, shelter-belt or other combustible material
  • extinguish all fires after burning. Rake out and apply water
  • no fire is to be left unattended while burning and should be checked/patrolled until it is completely out.

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23 December 2020