Buller District Council

Fire Permits

The West Coast region is susceptible to quickly changing fire conditions and therefore has a restricted fire season requiring fires by permit only at any time of the year. This means that a fire permit is required from a Rural Fire Officer before any fires can be lit in the open. Lighting a fire in an approved fireplace, incinerator, barbeque, or other authorised receptacle may not require a fire permit.

The New Zealand Government has created an organisation called Fire and Emergency New Zealand. This new organisation is responsible for all aspects of fire service in New Zealand including fire permits, and will be working under the new regulation called Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act 2017, effective from 1 July 2017.

Buller District Council no longer processes fire permits.

All fire permits need to be applied to Fire and Emergency New Zealand directly. Applications will no longer incur an application fee.

For more information regarding applying for a fire permit, or Fire and Emergency New Zealand:

please visit: www.checkitsalright.nz or www.fireandemergency.nz

Phone: 0800 658 628

Or e-mail: firepermit.enquiry@fireandemergency.nz 



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