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Restricted Fire Season

During a restricted fire season a fire permit is required for all fires in the open air over the entire Hauraki District as per the image below. Each permit application will be considered on its merits, taking weather conditions and the amount of material to be burnt into account, a site inspection may also be needed. 

Fire permit applications should be made 48 hours prior to burning to allow time to process permit applications. Read more about Fire Permits.

Even with a permit, the person lighting the fire is legally responsible for supervising and controlling it. Permits may be suspended if weather conditions make fires a danger.

For any enquiries or to apply for a fire permit, please contact one of our Council Offices.


 

Fire Permits

Fire permits may be issued depending on the fire season. During a restricted fire season a fire permit is required for all fires in the open air. No permits will be issued for open fires during a fire ban.

Anyone who lights a fire is responsible for the cost of fighting that fire if it gets out of control.

Applications for a fire permit should be made 48 hours prior to burning to allow time to process the application. Please contact one of our Council Offices.

Conditions of permits (when issued):

  1. Open air - 'Open air'œ means not in a fire place, incinerator, Barbecue, or other place, duly approved in each case. 
  2. Wind, etc - Do not light up in a strong wind, or in conditions likely to spread the fire or to present a fire hazard (includes an adverse long-range weather forecast). Check the forecast. 
  3. Patrol - Patrol the fire until completely out or cannot spread 
  4. Notice - Notify neighbours as directed -“ before lighting a controlled burn. 
  5. Extreme hazard - Permits are Suspended by fire hazard emergency warnings or orders prohibiting all open air fires. Check radio or ring local authority. If fire is essential for an emergency (e.g. stock disease) a special permit would be required. 
  6. Showing Permit - The permit must be produced on demand by a member of Police or Fire Officer. 
  7. Damage - A permit is not a legal defence against claims for damage caused by the fire. The permit holder is always responsible for any damage caused by the fire and suppression costs may also be charged. 
  8. Parks, etc - Except where officially signposted otherwise, permits are needed at all times for open fires in National or maritime Parks, in specially protected sites, and in (including their fire safety margins of 1 kilometre) other state areas or forest areas. 
  9. Escape - If the fire gets out of hand, try to extinguish it. Urgently notify the New Zealand Fire Service Commission or a Fire Officer. Ring 111. 
  10. Offences - It is an offence to light an open air fire without the appropriate permit, or to break permit conditions or to let a fire spread to and injure a State area, forest area or specially protected property, or to leave it unprotected against such a spread. 
  11. Joint Permits - Obtain further permits from soil conservation, Crown, or other statutory fire authorities who's approval is required, if this is not a joint permit signed on their behalf 
  12. Landholder - Separate consent by the landholder may be needed. 
  13. Nuisance - No person shall burn, or permit or suffer to be burnt, any matter or thing in such a manner as to be offensive. 
  14. Revocation - This permit is revocable upon notice at any time without prior warning. 


Other Fire Seasons 

One of the following fire seasons will be declared by the Rural Fire Authorities at stated times between 9 February until 19 December on any year.

Total Fire Ban - annually from 20 December - 8 February

The ‘Fire Ban’ covers all lands within Hauraki District Council area, including Public Conservation Lands and the Forest areas of Ernslaw One Ltd, Matariki Forests and CFG NZ Company Ltd. It includes off shore islands, reserves and beaches.

 

Fire Restriction Area - whole District

Fire Ban includes...

The ‘Fire Ban’ includes land clearing fires, rubbish fires, beach fires, domestic fireworks, sky lanterns, braziers, open top non-type approved incinerators, traditional cooking and hangi fires.

The Fire Ban does not include gas fueled cookers or gas fueled BBQ’s in a public place or on private land providing weather conditions are favourable, they are operated by an adult and they are used in a safe considerate manner.

Fire Ban does not include...

The Fire Ban does not include the following ‘open air fires’ on private land providing weather conditions are favourable, they are operated by an adult in a safe considerate manner and extinguished before being left unattended:

  • Pre-approved solid fueled BBQ constructed of non-combustible materials, with a chimney and spark arrestor
  • Pre-approved outside fire place constructed of non-combustible materials with chimney and spark arrestor
  • Pre-approved pizza oven constructed of non-combustible materials with chimney and spark arrestor
Hangi Fires

Traditional cooking fires such as hangi, umu or charcoal spit roasts are prohibited during a ban, although for community or cultural events on private land, permits will be considered on its merits by Fire Authorities. For enquiries please contact your local Council or Department of Conservation Office.

Barbecues

The fire ban does not apply to gas fire barbecues, solid fueled proprietary barbecues, solid fueled proprietary barbecues, solid fueled permanent brick-concrete barbecues, fires in concrete or brick incinerators that are fitted with spark arrestors and approved type pizza ovens with a chimney and spark arrestor but please take the following safety precautions -

Fire safety precautions:

  • to be at least 5m from buildings, timber fences, trees or other combustible materials
  • not to be lit under strong wind conditions
  • pressure water system with hose to be available nearby
  • to be supervised by an adult at all times
  • to be extinguished on completion.

Should weather conditions cause the fire risk to increase to an unacceptable level, solid fueled barbecues and incinerator fires may need to be more strictly controlled.

Braziers

Braziers are classified as a fire in the '˜Open Air' and are prohibited during the Fire Ban.

Fireworks

Fireworks are classed as a 'fire in the open air' and are prohibited during the Fire ban.  See Safety Tips around the use of Fireworks

Restricted Fire Season

During a restricted fire season a fire permit is required for all fires in the open air over the entire Hauraki District as per the image below. Each permit application will be considered on its merits, taking weather conditions and the amount of material to be burnt into account, a site inspection may also be needed. 

Fire permit applications should be made 48 hours prior to burning to allow time to process permit applications. Read more about Fire Permits.

Even with a permit, the person lighting the fire is legally responsible for supervising and controlling it. Permits may be suspended if weather conditions make fires a danger.

For any enquiries or to apply for a fire permit, please contact one of our Council Offices.

Open Fire Season for most of the District

When other restrictions are lifted an Open Fire Season will be advertised. During an open fire season fires in the open air, in most locations, no longer need a permit.

A restricted fire season is still in place in the following areas of the district (meaning fire permits are still required):

  • Whiritoa Village,
  • the peat block on the Hauraki Plains,
  • all Department of Conservation land and
  • any land that is within the 1km safety margin from Conservation land.

For any enquiries or to obtain a fire permit, please contact one of our Council Offices.


Rural Fire Plan

Hauraki District Council is a member of the Thames Valley Rural Fire District along with Matamata Piako District Council & Thames Coromandel District Council.

The Fire Plan sets out how the Fire Authority addresses its statutory obligations, roles and responsibilities to overcome or reduce the effects of any fire within its rural district.

Rural Fire Plan - Thames Valley Rural Fire Authority (1.3MB) Adobe PDF document