How do I apply for a permit?
Click on Permits and fill in as much detail as you can as this will help with the application.
How long do permits last for?
Anywhere from 1 day to 12 months, depending on what you’re burning and the type of material you are burning.
How long does my permit take to renew and get to me?
We endeavour to issue all permits within 5 workings days but some permits may require a detailed burn plan. We encourage you to plan ahead if you are wanting to burn.
What do I do if I have a permit for one material, but I want to burn different material later in the year?
Any change to your permit conditions will need to be discussed with a Rural Fire Officer as a change of material type may mean a change of conditions.
Does it cost for a fire permit?
No, there is no cost and if you want any advice this is willingly provided for free as well.
Can I burn if I have a permit pending?
No, you need to read and sign the permit accepting the conditions outlined in the permit before you burn. This will help in achieving a safe burn. These conditions include contacting Fire Communications prior to lighting your burn.
Can I burn if my permit is in my email?
No, you need to read and sign the permit accepting the conditions outlined in the permit before you burn. It is always good to have a printed copy on hand if required. These conditions include contacting Fire Communications prior to lighting your burn.
Why do I have to sign my permit?
You sign the permit accepting the conditions outlined in the permit and that you have read and understood those conditions.
What happens if I burn without a permit?
It is an offence under the Forest and Rural Fires Act to burn without a permit if the fire season dictates that a permit is required.
Do I need a permit to burn in an incinerator/Drum?
Yes, but only if the drum or incinerator is such that embers are not contained. In other words if the drum or incinerator is fully enclosed and does not allow embers to escape then it is not classified as a ‘fire in the open air’.
During a Total Fire Ban can I use a gas stove?
Yes, a gas stove or BBQ is acceptable during a total fire ban.
Can I light my pizza oven during a total fire ban?
If the pizza oven is fully enclosed and there is no chance of ember transfer, then yes.
Can I burn on the beach?
No, beaches are protected areas and we do not issue permits for beach fires. In the Kapiti area, there are a few selected areas of beach where you are able to have a beach fire. Contact Kapiti District Council for details and a permit.
Can I have a bonfire at night?
Bonfires are seen the same as burn piles and they require a fire permit.
Does having a fire permit indemnify me from cost recovery if the fire escapes?
No, full responsibility for the fire lies with the person lighting the fire. The fire lighter must take all precautions and make sure any fire is safe and secure. If a fire escapes cost recovery will be sought for fire suppression. Please ensure you have adequate insurances in place before lighting the fire.
Do I need the permission of the landowner to light a fire?
Yes, permission must be sought from the landowner to light a fire on their land.
How do I know what Fire Season applies to me?
To view the current fire season that applies to your area use the Fire Season Map to check your area.
Does the permit have to be in the landowner name?
No, you need to seek permission from the landowner but the permit needs to be in the name of the person lighting a fire.
What is are the different Fire Seasons?
Restricted Fire Season - You always need a permit to light a fire in the open, except for gas-fired BBQ's.
Prohibited Fire Season - No fires are allowed in the open except for gas-fired BBQ’s. Any existing fire permits are automatically suspended.