Having a Fire

You may need a fire permit

  • Open Fire Season
  • Restricted /
    Permit Required
  • Prohibited
Far North - Zone 1 Far North - Zone 2 Whangarei District Kaipara District

*This map is representative only.
For a detailed description of each fire zone please click here

It is important to ensure you are equipped with the correct information and fire permit for your zone. Read on for a detailed description of our zoning.
If you are still unclear on which zone you belong to, or for more information please contact us.

Far North Zone 1

The southern boundary of Zone 1 is defined by the northern side of State Highway 10 from Taipa to Awanui.  The western side of State Highway 1 between
Awanui and Kaitaia, and the Northern and or western side of Kaitaia – Awaroa Road and the northern side of Uwhiroa Stream and the Herekino Harbour.

 Far North Zone 2

The northern boundary of  Zone 2 is defined by the southern side of State Highway 10 from Taipa to Awanui, the eastern side of State Highway 1 between Awanui and Kaitaia, and the southern and eastern side of Kaitaia-Awaroa Road to its intersection with Rangikohu Rd, and the southern shore of the Herekino Harbour.

The Southern boundary is defined as the boundary  between Far North District Council, Whangarei and Kaipara District Councils. If your Rates Demand is from the Far North District Council then you are in zone 2.

Whangarei

Whangarei includes all land within the territorial authority boundary with the exception of land administered by the Dept of Conservation,
who control the issue of fire permits on their lands.

Kaipara

Kaipara includes all land within the territorial authority boundary with the exception of land administered by the Dept of Conservation,
who control the issue of fire permits on their lands.

Select your region for local information on having a fire.

Cooking Fires
Far North Zones 1 & 2 »

Open and Restricted Fire Seasons

If you are having a Cooking Fire, Hangi / Umu, Wood / Gas Barbeque in all areas except public land you do not need a permit,
if the zone you are in is open or restricted fire season.

The following conditions must be met:

  • The size of the fire is less than 2 metres in diameter and 1 metre high
  • The fire is at least 5 metres clear of any combustible materials including buildings
  • There is at least one functioning garden hose available to control any breakout
  • 2 people are in attendance at all times
  • All fires are extinguished before being left unattended and a check is made 30 minutes later to ensure it has not reignited
  • No fire will be lit within 50 metres of any scrub, forest, or reserve.
  • The wind strength is below 15 km/hr
  • No rubbish is to be burnt in a cooking fire
  • You must have permission from the landowner to light the fire

Prohibited Fire Season

If your zone is in a Prohibited fire season you can apply for a permit for a cooking fire for special events (eg tangi, unveilings, etc) directly from the Principal Rural Fire Officer on 09 4010723.  Permit issuing will be at the discretion of the PRFO.

 

Whangarei & Kaipara »

RESTRICTED AND PROHIBITED FIRE SEASONS

If you are having a Cooking Fire, Hangi / Umu, Wood / Gas Barbeque in all areas except public land you do not need a permit during a Restricted Fire Season or Prohibited Fire Season.

The following conditions must be met:

  • The size of the fire is less than 2 metres in diameter
  • The fire is at least 5 metres clear of any combustible materials including buildings
  • There is at least one functioning garden hose available to control any breakout
  • 2 people are in attendance at all times
  • All fires are extinguished before being left unattended and a check is made 30 minutes later to ensure it has not reignited
  • No fire will be lit within 50 metres of any scrub, forest, or reserve.
  • You must have permission from the landowner to light the fire

Far North – Zone 2

No Permit Required

There is currently an open fire season, no permits are required.

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Kaipara District

No Permit Required

There is currently an open fire season, no permits are required

Safe Fire Advice

Whangarei

No Permit Required

There is currently an open fire season, no permits are required

Safe Fire Advice

Far North – Zone 1

Fire Permit Required

The Northern Rural Fire District is now in a Restricted Fire Season. All fires require a permit which will be issued at the discretion of the Rural Fire Officer, this includes cooking and rubbish fires.

Please allow 3 working days for inspection. There is no charge for obtaining a permit. Those who cause fires are liable for the costs associated with fire suppression. Please note submitting this form does not give you permission to light a fire.

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