An OPEN fire season applies throughout Porirua City at all times, unless a total fire ban is declared.
When there’s a total fire ban, bonfires, rubbish fires, incinerators and hangi and umu all need to have a fire permit.
We’ll let you know when there’s a total fire ban and advertise it in the local newspaper. Check the current fire danger status.
If you light a fire that’s unsafe or doesn’t have the permit it needs, Council officers or Fire and Emergency New Zealand can put it out. You could also be prosecuted for breaching the bylaw.
During an open fire season, you don’t need a permit to light:
You always need a permit to light a bonfire or any other fire in the open air.
Under a total fire ban, all existing fire permits are cancelled, no new fire permits will be granted and all open-air fires – including outdoor cooking fires, bonfires and fireworks – are banned.
You need to apply for a special fire permit for an outdoor cooking fire during a total fire ban.
Phone (04) 801 0812 to let the Fire and Emergency New Zealand know before lighting your cooking fire. (DO NOT USE the 111 emergency services for this purpose.)
You may only light your gas or coal-fired barbecue during a total fire ban if it’s on a residential property.
To log a smoke complaint in a rural area, visit the Greater Wellington website.
Contact us about applying for a permit by phoning (04) 237 5089, emailing email@example.com or coming in to our Customer Services Centre at 16 Cobham Court, Porirua.
We’ll make an appointment to inspect your site and make sure it’s safe before issuing a permit.
Applications for a fire permit take between three and five working days to process and remains valid until 30 June each year.
You’ll need to pay a fee of $28.00 when we issue your permit. You can pay at our Customer Services Centre or by internet banking.
To see if you require a permit, please check the Check Its Alright website.
During the open fire season, you can use an open fire, incinerator or fire pit to burn vegetation and household waste, except for:
Instead of burning waste, consider:
As well as getting a permit, if needed, you need to make sure an outdoor fire poses no risks to the environment or people or property:
Most people enjoy letting off fireworks or watching a night-time display, but you need to follow a few rules to make sure everyone stays safe around fireworks.
Don't let off fireworks at the beach or in any of our parks or reserves.
If you're letting off fireworks in your backyard, remember these safety tips: