Fire Permits and Restrictions

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Can I light a fire? Check it's alright before you light...

Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) has its own seasonal restrictions and permitting requirements. Even if your burning is within the Northland Regional Council rules, be sure to check if it's an open, restricted or prohibited fire season at:

Need a permit? Check and apply

You will need to use the online form at 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.


When lighting fires, you must ensure that you do not cause a smoke or odour nuisance outside your boundary.

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.