Fire Permits and Outdoor Burning

​From 1 July 2018 Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) are responsible for the issuing and administration of all outdoor fire permits within the Waitaki District. If you wish to apply for a permit, please follow the steps below.​

​​​STEP 1: Am I Allowed?

Information from Fire and Emergency about fire seasons, the current season in your location, how to safely light a fire, fire types and how to apply for a permit can be found at http://checkitsalright.nz/.​

The Waitaki District falls across two regional councils with different outdoor burning regulations. Check this map to see whether Canterbury Regional Council or Otago Regional Council regulations apply to you.

Regional council map of Waitaki District

Otago Regional Council website


Otago Regional Council ​outdoor burning regulations


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Environment Canterbury Website
 


 ​Environment Canterbury ​outdoor burning regulations​



 

Fire and Emergency NZ website​​FENZ - Fire & Emergency New Zealand fire seasons and permits​

​You must check with Fire and Emergency New Zealand if you need a fire permit for your proposed fire in the open air. You can do this online at http://checkitsalright.nz

Fire and Emergency is responsible for setting fire seasons and issuing fire permits for all urban and rural areas. When assessing your fire permit, Fire and Emergency will take into consideration a range of factors including the location of your proposed fire, the weather, and other conditions that may increase the risk of the fire getting out of control.  

Information from Fire and Emergency about fire seasons, the current season in your location, how to safely light a fire, fire types and how to apply for a permit can be found at http://checkitsalright.nz/.

​STEP 2: What Can I Burn?​​​​​​​

OK to burn

Not OK to burn

  • untreated dry wood
  • wood
  • paper
  • cardboard
  • dry plant matter 

      • Painted or ​treated wood
      • Rubber​
      • Coated wire
      • Plastic
      • Material containing asbestos
      • Metals
      • Batteries
      • Used and waste oil
      • Chemicals
      • Tar and bitumen
      • Paint and other surface coating materials
      • Containers that have stored hazardous materials

STEP 3: Talk to Your Neighbours 


​There's nothing worse than fresh washing on the line and a smokey fire. Consider the possible impact of smoke and fire on your neighbours and their property when planning outdoor burning. Keep them informed.


STEP 4: Fire Safety

​If there is immediate danger to people or property – call 111 immediately.

If there's a property in your neighbourhood that you believe is a health or safety hazard due to an unkempt section, you might first try talking to the property owner.

If this does not resolve the problem, contact Waitaki District Council on 03 433 0300 to report a concern that does not present a fire risk, such hording and other nuisance issues including vermin control.​

If your concern is a fire risk, you can let Fire and Emergency New Zealand know about your concern by completing the online form available at https://fireandemergency.nz/at-home/overgrown-sections/ 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.

Page reviewed: 12 Jul 2018 2:45pm