- No properties, urban or rural, can light a fire within 100m of a neighbouring dwelling house.
Restricted Fire Season
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 www.checkitsalright.nz
- 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 www.checkitsalright.nz
Other rules that may affect lighting a fire
Fire and Smoke Nuisance
- The irresponsible and uncontrolled 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