A Permit is required for all fires:
- Rubbish fire
- Controlled burn
- Prescribed burn
In the Wellington Rural Fire District there are two fire seasons: Restricted and Prohibited.
|Fire Season||Permit Status|
|Prohibited Fire Season||Total ban on lighting fires. Existing permits are suspended.|
|Restricted Fire Season||Yes - you will need a permit.|
If you have a permit and the fire season becomes prohibited, your permit will be suspended. You cannot light open fires if it is a prohibited fire season.
If you start a fire and it needs to be suppressed, you may have to pay the costs, regardless of whether you have a permit.
Responsible for Costs
Individuals found to be responsible for causing rural fires that escape have faced costs in excess of $500,000. It is an offence to light an open fire without a permit. If you do not have a permit and light a fire, you can be charged under the Forest and Rural Fires Act 1977.
If a member of the Police or a Rural Fire Officer asks you to produce a permit, you must do so within a reasonable time. If you do not, this is considered an offence.
Contact the Wellington Rural Fire Authority
To apply for a permit, you will need to contact the WRFA. You will need to provide the relevant information so we can assess your application for a permit.
Apply online - Fire Permit Application Form
Please check with the Department of Conservation if you wish to light a fire at any time on public lands managed by the department.
What insurance protection do I need to cover any potential fire related costs, losses and liabilities?
- You will need to consider insurance of property for loss and replacement from fire (house, household effects, other buildings, vehicles, plant & machinery, forests & crops), Public Liability Insurance (cover cost of damage and loss to a third party from fire that escapes from your property and damages other parties property) and Forest & Rural Forest Act fire suppression insurance (cover the costs of fire suppression from a fire caused by you or started on your property. Cover is required under Section 43, 46 & 46A of the Forest & Rural Fires Act 1977.
- Check your Insurance Policy today!
- Remember to talk to your insurer to confirm cover and appropriate limits.