Fire Permits and Restrictions

Can I light a fire?

You must ensure that you do not cause a smoke or odour nuisance outside your boundary.

Fire restrictions and permits are managed by Fire and Emergency New Zealand NOT the regional council.

To find out if you can light a fire, or if there are fire restrictions in your area, go to the following websites:

Is it alright to light? 

Need a permit? Check and apply - You will need to use the online form to see if there are restrictions in your area, or if you'll need a permit.

  • During a fire ban you are not allowed to light fires or burn outside
  • During a restricted fire season, you must apply for a permit. Even with a permit the rules still apply

Northland Regional Council does not issue fire permits – go to to apply for a permit.

More information about air quality rules

Our Proposed Regional Plan for Northland says what you can and what you can’t burn, what needs a resource consent and what is prohibited.

Go to the Proposed Regional Plan for Northland and information


Those found breaching regional rules may face enforcement action and this can include being issued with an instant fine of up to $1,000.