Fire Permits


See for the current season status or call 0800 658 628 

Important information:

It is important that you are aware of the new rules put in place by Bay of Plenty Regional Council for backyard burning. The new rules came into effect from June 2020. 

  • No properties, urban or rural, can light a fire within 100m of a neighbouring dwelling house. 
For more information about the new rules read the Essential Rules for Backyard Burning factsheet 

Restricted Fire Season

A restricted fire season means fire permits are required for all rural fires and may come with burning conditions. You must also comply with Bay of Plenty Regional Council's new backyard burning rules. 

To check the current season status go to 

Rural Open Fire Season 

  • You can light a fire on a rural property without a permit, as long as you do so safely and responsibly. You must also have permission from the landowner.
  • Braziers, gas BBQs, pizza ovens, smokers and hangi are permitted fire types (don't need a permit)
  • Prior to lighting your fire it is important that you check the current season status and any restrictions in place. To do this go to 
  • You must also comply with Bay of Plenty Regional Council's new backyard burning rules. 

Prohibited Fire Season (total fire ban)

  • Will be publicly advertised if imposed. 
  • Lighting fires in the open air is prohibited throughout Rotorua district during a prohibited fire season. 
  • Anybody exposing forest and property to loss by fire is liable to prosecution and to action for recovery of any damages caused.

Fire Permit Renewal

After your initial Fire Permit is granted you just need to apply for a renewal. To renew an expired permit or previous application go to ​

Other rules that may affect lighting a fire 

Fire and Smoke Nuisance

  • The irresponsible and u​ncontrolled burning of rubbish in the environment may cause severe smoke pollution nuisance.
  • Fire safety considerations require you to control fires in the open air. 
  • Complaints about fire or smoke nuisance can be called through to Bay of Plenty Regional Council's pollution hotline on 0800 884 883
Page reviewed: 17 Nov 2020 5:16pm