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.

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

 

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

FROM 6AM WEDNESDAY 28TH FEBRUARY 2018
Far North Zone 2 is in an open fire season, this means you do not need a permit to have a fire in the open air.

However if you are having a fire, you will still need to take care. You are still responsible for your fire and its consequences!
* If wind exceeds 15kph do not light a fire.
* Don't light a fire near vegetation / buildings.
* Be prepared - have water and shovels nearby.
* Make sure fire is fully extinguished before leaving.

If you live in an urban area you may be in a Northland Regional Council Air Quality area. This means you may breach their regulations if you have a fire, even if you have a FENZ permit.
Please refer to their website https://www.nrc.govt.nz/Environment/Air/Rules/National-Environmental-Standards/ or call 0800 002 004

Safe Fire Advice

Kaipara District

No Permit Required

FROM 6AM WEDNESDAY 28TH FEBRUARY 2018
The Kaipara District is in an open fire season, this means you do not need a permit to have a fire in the open air.

However if you are having a fire, you will still need to take care. You are still responsible for your fire and its consequences!
* If wind exceeds 15kph do not light a fire.
* Don't light a fire near vegetation / buildings.
* Be prepared - have water and shovels nearby.
* Make sure fire is fully extinguished before leaving.

If you live in an urban area you may be in a Northland Regional Council Air Quality area. This means you may breach their regulations if you have a fire, even if you have a FENZ permit.
Please refer to their website https://www.nrc.govt.nz/Environment/Air/Rules/National-Environmental-Standards/ or call 0800 002 004

Safe Fire Advice

Whangarei

No Permit Required

FROM 6AM WEDNESDAY 28TH FEBRUARY 2018
The Whangarei District is in an open fire season, this means you do not need a permit to have a fire in the open air.

However if you are having a fire, you will still need to take care. You are still responsible for your fire and its consequences!
* If wind exceeds 15kph do not light a fire.
* Don't light a fire near vegetation / buildings.
* Be prepared - have water and shovels nearby.
* Make sure fire is fully extinguished before leaving.

If you live in an urban area you may be in a Northland Regional Council Air Quality area. This means you may breach their regulations if you have a fire, even if you have a FENZ permit.
Please refer to their website https://www.nrc.govt.nz/Environment/Air/Rules/National-Environmental-Standards/ or call 0800 002 004

Safe Fire Advice

Far North – Zone 1

Fire Permit Required

Far North Zone 1 is now in a Restricted Fire Season (permits required). There is no charge for obtaining a permit.

If you are having a Cultural Fire such as Hangi / Umu a permit is not required, however the conditions for having a cultural fire must be adhered to.

Please allow 5 working days for inspection. 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.

If you live in an urban area you may be in a Northland Regional Council Air Quality area.

This means you may breach their regulations if you have a fire, even if you have a FENZ permit.

Please refer to their website https://www.nrc.govt.nz/Environment/Air/Rules/National-Environmental-Standards/ or call 0800 002 004

Get a permit

Here you can learn about safe fire practice, and find out about any fire restrictions in your area. If you are currently in a restricted fire status zone you can also apply for a permit here.

For more information Fire and Emergency New Zealand click here

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