Fire restrictions are sometimes necessary to protect the safety of people in the city and our natural environment.
The restricted fire season for Western Bay of Plenty runs from 1 October through to 30 April. This means you need a fire permit to burn any open-air fires in rural areas. All fire permits are now issued and controlled by Pumicelands Fire and Emergency New Zealand.
Apply for a fire permit
Fire and Emergency New Zealand provides free advice about outdoor fire safety, contact your nearest Fire Station or Area Fire Risk Management Officer Ph 07 578 7099.
You can take a gas barbeque to any park, reserve or foreshore, but open fires are not permitted on reserves.
Urban fires are a permitted activity under the Regional Council Air Plan provided there are no fire restrictions in place and the following conditions are complied with:
The discharge must not result in any objectionable or offensive particulate deposition, smoke or odour, or any harmful concentrations of gases beyond the boundary of the subject property or into water.
All reasonable measures must be taken to ensure good management practice when burning. Schedule 1 of BOPRC Air Plan contains information on good management practices to prevent or minimise the discharges from open burning.
Fires must not be lit when there is a likelihood of an inversion layer i.e. In cool (less than 5 degrees Celsius) and calm (wind speed below 1 knot / 1.85km/hr) conditions.
The following materials must not be burnt in the open air:
- chlorinated organic chemicals including but not limited to dioxins, furans, PCB’s
- contaminated material from contaminated sites and buildings
- elemental materials that can produce toxic gases, including but not limited to boron, halides, phosphorous, sulphur
- food waste
- heavy metals including but not limited to lead, zinc, arsenic, chromium, cadmium, copper, mercury, thorium
- material associated with the recovery of metal from insulated electrical cables
- materials or metals used in motor vehicles
- mineral fibres including but not limited to asbestos
- paint and other surface protective coatings
- pathological waste excluding animal carcasses on production land
- pesticides, pesticide waste (excluding cardboard pesticide containers)
- plastic including but not limited to PVC, polystyrene, nylon, styrofoam
- tyres and other rubber
- treated timber or timber treatment chemicals
- waste oil or other waste petroleum products.
The operative Bay of Plenty regional Land Management Plan may require an application for a land use consent to burn vegetation.
The regional council recommends that you burn only dry, seasoned material. Increased moisture content affects the heat of combustion and increases the likelihood of smoke. Allow two days fine weather before burning.
Pumicelands Fire and Emergency New Zealand recommends fires are under one square metre and three metres from fences. Please advise when and where you are burning.
Please report any smoke nuisance to Bay of Plenty Regional Council on 0800 884 883.
On 1 July 2017, the new Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act 2017 came into force. This Act repeals the Forest and Rural Fires Act 1997, with immediate effect. If you have any questions, please contact Fire and Emergency New Zealand.
Rural Fire Provisions
Fire and Emergency New Zealand is responsible for coordinating the rural fire management activities of New Zealand.
Outdoor Fire Safety Bylaw 2015 (688kb pdf)
Bay of Plenty Regional Council - air pollution information
Fires on the beach
Fires may be lit between 5am and 11pm on the coastal beach. Coastal beach is any beach from and including Mauao, Mount Maunganui Main Beach to the Kaituna River. All fires must be below the high tide mark, be less than one metre in diameter and must be under supervision at all times.
The person lighting the fire must ensure there is some form of extinguishment available and the fire must be extinguished with water before leaving it. All litter and dangerous debris must be removed.
Fires on the beach are not permitted during any period where fires are prohibited under Clause 3.1 of the Fire Prevention (Urban Fire District) Bylaw 2010 or subsequent amendments.
Beaches Bylaw - Section 13 (42.15kb pdf) Outdoor Fire Safety Bylaw (688kb pdf)
Last Reviewed: 26/10/2017