Fire restrictions

To check if you need a fire permit and to apply go to www.checkitsalright.nz or call 0800 658 628

Please note: there is no charge for fire permits

Lighting fires in the open residential areas

Fires cannot be lit in breach of the Hawke's Bay Regional Council Airshed Rules or if they cause a nuisance to neighbours. During a Restricted Fire Season, a Fire Permit is required for all fires in un-approved fire places and incinerators. This excludes cultural and cooking fires.

All fires are prohibited in Total Fire Bans

Lighting fires in the open rural areas

During a Restricted Fire Season, a Fire Permit is required for all fires including cultural and cooking fires.
All fires are prohibited in Total Fire Bans.

Lighting of Fires in public areas

Parks and Reserves
Fires may be lit in approved fire places during Open and Restricted Fire Seasons only.
All fires are prohibited in Total Fire Bans

Beaches
A 356 day Total Fire Ban is in force on the following beaches and adjacent public areas; all the Mahia Peninsula Beaches, Waipatiki Beach and all Central Hawkes Bay Beaches. Fires can be lit on other beaches during Open Fire Seasons provided that the fire is not left unattended and is completely extinguished with water.
A Fire Permit is required for non-approved fires during Restricted Fire Seasons.
All fires are prohibited in Total Fire Bans.

Rivers controlled by Hawke's Bay Regional Council
People need to apply to Hawke's Bay Regional Council before lighting any fire. 
All fires are prohibited in Total Fire Bans.

Fire seasons

There are three types of fire season.To check the current fire season go to www.checkitsalright.nz or call 0800 658 628

OPEN FIRE SEASON means any place and any time when Fire Restrictions or Fire Prohibitions are not in force.

RESTRICTED FIRE SEASON means any place and any time when restrictions on the lighting of fires is in force.

PROHIBITED FIRE SEASON means any place and any time when a TOTAL FIRE BAN is in force.

Fire burning at night

Fires burning at night can be mistaken for uncontrolled fires. People wishing to have fires burning after dark during an Open Fire Season are asked to advise Fire And Emergency New Zealand Phone 0800 658 628 or email Permits hawkesbay@fireandemergency.nz
During a Restricted Fire Season, a Fire Permit is required to have a fire burning after dark.
All fires are prohibited in Total Fire Bans.

Orchard burning in the Hawke's Bay Regional Council Airsheds

Burning of diseased trees and for orchard redevelopment is allowed within the Airsheds.

Bay Forest Zone 

Old Bay Forests Rural Fire District is now the Bay Forest Zone and this area continues to have fire restrictions in place.
To apply for a permit in this area go to www.checkitsalright.nz

Department of Conservation lands

Fire restrictions remain in place for Department of Conservation lands.
Fires for cooking or warmth can be lit without a permit provided that certain conditions are met
Check the rules before lighting a fire. www.doc.govt.nz

Fireworks

A person must not light or use an incendiary device, in the open air in circumstances where an uncontrolled fire may eventuate which may:

  • spread to a building, fence or vegetation on the premises;
  • spread beyond the boundary of the premises; or
  • result in a nuisance from smoke or ash to the occupiers of adjoining premises.

During a Restricted Fire Season, a Fire Permit is required to discharge fireworks. All fireworks are prohibited in Total Fire Bans.

Standard fire lighting conditions

Fire must:

  • be at least 5 meters clear of any flammable material, vegetation, fence or building.
  • not be lit in windy conditions or when strong winds are forecast.
  • not be left unattended.
  • have means of controlling and extinguishing the fire readily at hand such as a garden hose.
  • be completely extinguished with water.

Approved fire place

  • Any fire place approved by a permit issuing officer of Fire and Emergency New Zealand.
  • Enclosed outdoor fire places, pizza ovens and chiminea.
  • Solid fuel BBQ’s with enclosed ash pans.
  • Any gas fired cooking appliance.
  • Hangi and Umu meeting the Standard Conditions

Fire Places that need a Fire Permit or Approval during Restricted Fire Seasons;

  • Incinerator drums
  • Braziers
  • Fire Pits