Lighting an outdoor fire

If you want to light an outdoor fire, check if you need a fire permit.

Applying for a fire permit

To light an outdoor fire on private property, you may need a fire permit.  Fires are not permitted in public places in Porirua.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand issues fire permits in Porirua.

To find out more and apply for a permit, please check the Check Its Alright website or phone 0800 658 628.

Smoke nuisance

We are responsible for responding to smoke nuisance incidents in Porirua.  Outdoor fires may cause a nuisance if the material being burned is green waste, treated wood, plastics, chemicals, rubber, or a fuel, paint or oil product. 

Letting off fireworks

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:

  • Have a bucket of water or a hose ready.
  • Use a torch to read the instructions on the fireworks before letting any off.
  • Only let adults light fireworks.
  • Aim fireworks only at the sky, and never at people, buildings or anything that could be set alight.
  • If a firework doesn't go off, never try to relight it.
  • Put your pets inside to keep them from being scared.