The council's Beach Bylaw allows the public to have small camp fires and barbeques on Kāpiti Coast beaches, subject to a fire permit being issued to a responsible person.
Fire permits are subject to the following conditions always being met:
- fires are confined to specified areas of the beach
- the rules outlined in the permit are complied with.
Fire permits - more information and application
The information on the permit provides more constraints. However, in brief, the identified areas where fires are permitted include:
- Paekākāriki: In front of the car park at the north end of The Parade.
- Raumati South Beach: From the beach access at Kainui Road at the south end to the point where The Esplanade turns in away from the coast towards Poplar Ave at the north end.
- Raumati Beach: From the carpark launching ramp north to the Wharemauku Stream mouth.
- Paraparaumu Beach: From the Tikotu Stream south for 20 metres.
- Waikanae Beach: From the car park at the beach end of Waimea Road, north to the car park at the beach end of Te Moana Road.
- Waikanae Beach North: No fire area.
- Peka Peka: An area 100 metres each side of the beach access track at the end of Peka Peka Road only.
- Te Horo: The area between the Sea Road public toilets in the south to the Mangaone Stream mouth in the north only and absolutely no fires on the shingle beds.
- Ōtaki: Between the Rangiuru Road / Marine Parade junction in the south and the Tasman Road carpark access ramp in the north.
Fire types permitted are as follows:
- campfires (maximum 1-metre diameter) using wood fuel only supplied by permit holder and/or small pieces of driftwood)
- BBQs (gas, charcoal or wood fired).
Fires on the beach (in the designated areas) are permitted between 7am and 10pm provided permit conditions are followed.
A fire ban will be imposed when conditions warrant, usually when the Fire Weather Indices indicate extreme conditions. This ban may be for the whole region or district or for specific parts of the coast.
A fire ban can only be instigated by the Principal Rural Fire Officer acting on behalf of the Fire and Emergency New Zealand and will be implemented only after consultation with, and usually in conjunction with, the other members of the Kāpiti Region. The fire ban will specifically state if beach fires are affected.