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Civil Defence & Emergency Management
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Current fire status

To check the current fire status in Hastings District visit:

Fire seasons

Open fire season: There are no Fire Restrictions or Prohibitions in force.

Restricted fire season: There are restrictions on the lighting of fires and a permit is required.

Prohibited fire season: These is a TOTAL FIRE BAN in force and no fires in the open air are permitted.

Applying for a Fire Permit

To check if you need a fire permit and to apply go to or call +0800 658 628

Residential areas

Fires in the open air cannot be lit in breach of the Hawke's Bay Regional Council Airshed Rules or cause a nuisance to neighbours.
During a Restricted Fire Season, a Fire Permit is required for all fires in the open air. These include braziers, unapproved incinerators, fire pits and rubbish fires.
Fires in an approved fire place do not need a permit. These include:

  • Any fire place approved by a permit issuing officer of Fire and Emergency New Zealand.
  • Enclosed gas BBQs or cooking appliances
  • Enclosed outdoor fire places and pizza ovens.
  • Solid fuel e.g. charcoal BBQ’s with enclosed ash pans.
  • Approved incinerators
  • Cultural fires e.g. Hangi and Umu meeting the Standard Conditions

Rural areas

During a Restricted Fire Season, a Fire Permit is required for all fires including cultural and cooking fires. 

Public areas

Parks and Reserves
Fires may be lit in approved fire places (see above) during Open and Restricted Fire Seasons only.

A permanent 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.

Rivers controlled by Hawke's Bay Regional Council
Please apply to Hawke's Bay Regional Council before lighting any fire.

Burning at night

Fires burning at night can be mistaken for uncontrolled fires. Before burning please contact Fire And Emergency New Zealand on 0800 658 628 or email to check if a permit is required. 

General burning rules

Fires 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.
  • be controlled and extinguishing equipment such as a garden hose must be readily available.
  • be completely extinguished with water.

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