Current fire status
Find your urban or rural fire status and Check It’s Alright Before You Light
Open No fire permit is needed to light a fire in open air
Restricted A permit is needed to light a fire in open air in this area
Prohibited There is a total ban on the lighting of any fires in open air in this area
Open fires in public places
No fires are allowed in any public places except at fireplaces specially provided or in an outdoor cooking appliance*.
Fires on private land
Hauraki District Council does not issue fire permits. Before you light any fires out in the open on your property, you’ll need to find out about the current fire season and what the requirements are.
Check it’s alright before you light with the Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) tool at checkitsalright.nz -
- map - locate Hauraki District on the map,
- fire season - check the season status and
- permit - apply for a fire permit if required.
Even if you have a permit (or if it’s open fire season) you still need to comply with Hauraki District Council burning restriction which state you cannot burn any matter or thing in such a manner as to create a nuisance*, as well as Waikato Regional Council burning restrictions.
Setting off fireworks or any explosive material in a public place, or close to a public place, is not allowed*. On your private property, please use fireworks with care, and be considerate to your neighbours and pets. FENZ has some safety information regarding fireworks on their website.
If there is a threat to life or property CALL 111
If you have a complaint about a smoke nuisance from a neighbouring property, please call our customer services team on 0800 734 834.
If there's a property in your neighbourhood that you believe is a fire risk due to an unkempt section, you might first try talking to the property owner. If the issue is not resolved, you can let Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) know about your concern by completing the online form available on the FENZ website or calling 0800 336 942.
Please note that Fire and Emergency is only able to take action to deal with genuine fire hazards, and not where the property is just unsightly or presents a health hazard.
If it is a problem such as hoarding and other nuisance issues including vermin, please contact the Council.