From 1 May 2019 the open fire season starts and fires can be lit without a permit, as long as they are lit safely and with the permission of the relevant land owner or occupier.
Fires in the open must still comply with the Western Bay of Plenty District Council and Bay of Plenty Regional Council requirements. Fires within the urban boundaries must still comply with city/district council and regional council requirements/bylaws. Find out more about fire permits on the Pumicelands website.
Who manages rural fire?
This provides services for Western Bay of Plenty District Council, rural areas of Tauranga City Council, Department of Conservation, and Department of Internal Affairs (in respect of Mayor and Motiti islands).
Services include fire planning, permit issue, rural fire management and control, and a variety of legislative requirements established by the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act 2017.
Lighting a Fire?
Please be aware - when selecting a District from the dropdown menu "Pumicelands" refers to Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty. Select this link to find out about burning fires in your backyard.
What conditions are imposed
Are there any costs involved in getting a Fire Permit?
How are fire seasons set and notified?
Reporting a fire in the rural area?