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Fire Restrictions

There is currently a total fire ban on for Tauranga coast strip until further notice.

Fire Restrictions map (99kb pdf)

The New Zealand Fire Service provides free advice on Outdoor Fire Safety, please contact your nearest Fire Station or Area Fire Risk Management Officer Ph 07 578 7099.

If you see a fire on Mauao (the Mount)

Please dial 111 and alert the fire department immediately. Then please phone Tauranga City Council on 577 7000 so we can alert the Rangers.

Fire Permits

The Restricted Fire Season for Western Bay of Plenty runs from 1 October through to 30 April. This means you need a fire permit to burn any open air fires in the region. All fire permits for residents are now issued and controlled by Pumicelands Rural Fire Authority on behalf of its member organisations including Western Bay of Plenty District Council and Tauranga City.

Apply for a fire permit

Permitted Fires

You are able to take your gas barbeque to any park or reserve or foreshore - however NO open fires are permitted on reserves.

If there are no fire restrictions in force - urban fires are a permitted activity under the Regional Council Air Plan provided the following conditions are complied with:

  • The discharge must not result in any objectionable or offensive particulate deposition, smoke or odour, or any harmful concentrations of gases beyond the boundary of the subject property or into water.
  • All reasonable measures must be taken to ensure good management practice when burning. Schedule 1 of BOPRC Air Plan contains information on good management practices to prevent or minimise the discharges from open burning.
  • Fires must not be lit when there is a likelihood of an inversion layer i.e. In cool (less than 5 degrees Celsius) and calm (wind speed below 1 knot / 1.85km/hr) conditions.
  • The following materials must not be burnt in the open air:
    • chlorinated organic chemicals including but not limited to dioxins, furans, PCB’s;
    • contaminated material from contaminated sites and buildings;
    • elemental materials that can produce toxic gases, including but not limited to boron, halides, phosphorous, sulphur;
    • food waste;
    • heavy metals including but not limited to lead, zinc, arsenic, chromium, cadmium, copper, mercury, thorium;
    • material associated with the recovery of metal from insulated electrical cables;
    • materials or metals used in motor vehicles;
    • mineral fibres including but not limited to asbestos;
    • paint and other surface protective coatings;
    • pathological waste excluding animal carcasses on production land;
    • pesticides, pesticide waste (excluding cardboard pesticide containers);
    • plastic including but not limited to PVC, polystyrene, nylon, Styrofoam;
    • tyres and other rubber;
    • treated timber or timber treatment chemicals;
    • waste oil or other waste petroleum products.

Note: 1) The operative Bay of Plenty regional Land Management Plan may require an application for a land use consent to burn vegetation,

Bay of Plenty Regional Council - air pollution information

The regional council recommends that you burn only dry, seasoned material. Increased moisture content affects the heat of combustion and increases the likelihood of smoke. Allow two days fine weather before burning.

The NZ fire service recommends fires are under one square metre, and three metres from fences. Advise the NZ fire service when and where you are burning.

Please report any smoke nuisance to Bay of Plenty Regional Council on 0800 884 883

Outdoor Fire Safety Bylaw 2015 (688kb pdf)

Last Reviewed: 27/01/2017