Planning to light a fire?
Urban and rural fire permits are issued by Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ).
Before you light a fire, go to their Check It's Alright website or call 0800 658 628 to find out what the fire status is and if you need a permit.
Bylaws you need to follow
If you're allowed to light a fire you need to follow the:
If an Authorised Officer believes that the bylaw is being breached, they may take reasonable steps to reduce the nuisance or risk. Costs may be recovered from the owner of the property or the person(s) who caused the nuisance.
Permission from the land owner
You might also need permission to light a fire from the property or land owner if the burn site is on Council reserve, Department of Conservation (DOC) or Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) land.
Lighting a fire safely
Remember that you need to:
- Attend the fire at all times
- Locate the fire away from buildings, trees and fences
- Have a way to extinguish fire.
You must not:
- Cause a smoke nuisance to any person
- Create a safety risk to property
- Burn substances that breach the GWRC Air Quality Management Plan including:
- Household waste
- Hazardous contaminants
- Treated timber
- Medical waste.
Fire safety and prevention
- Ensure trees, tree limbs standing gorse and scrub are kept pruned and well away from homes
- Plant trees clear of power lines and keep gutters clear
- Mow or cut the grass around your home
- Dispose of cigarettes carefully
- Have a family plan for escaping your home
- Rural homes: know your RAPID number and ensure it can be seen clearly from the road
- Have a hose attached to your water tap
- Report any suspicious activities
- Dial 111 to report a fire
- Ensure everyone evacuates the house
- Don't go back into a burning structure
- Stay away from vegetation fires
Urban smoke complaints
For urban smoke nuisance complaints, please call Hutt City Council 570 6666 or Report a Problem on the Hutt City Council website.
Rural smoke complaints
Rural smoke complaints or burning of hazardous material go to the GWRC. Call 0800 496 734 or read more on reporting an environmental incident.
Rural fire plan
Fire and Emergency NZ's Principal Rural Fire Officer for Wellington manages and administers the Lower Hutt Rural Fire District. They are responsible for reviewing and updating the Rural Fire Plan every two years.
The fire plan is a statement of fire control policy, chain of command and procedures by Fire and Emergency New Zealand. Legislation requires all FENZ delegates to have an operational fire plan.