Fire permits

Urban and beach fire permits can be applied for at the Kāpiti Coast District Council:

Rural fire permits are issued by Wellington Fire and Emergency New Zealand.  To apply for a rural fire permit or learn more about the application process, visit their website

You can also contact them on 0800 658 628 or email

Application assessment

When assessing an application for a permit, council staff may carry out a site inspection.

Where the application is for a repeat burn, the approval of the application will depend on the outcome of the previous burn/s.  At the discretion of the Compliance Officer, a site inspection may be carried out.

The decision to issue a permit will take the following factors into account.

  • fire ground location and vehicle access
  • fire type, volume and combustibility
  • vulnerability to wind
  • current and forecast weather conditions
  • potential fire hazards, e.g. peat soils, gas installations, buildings, trees, shrubs, gorse and grass
  • overhead cables
  • availability of water and fire fighting equipment.

Special fire permits

During a total fire ban, special permits may be obtained to light hangi or other traditional cooking fires. Special fire permits are issued at the discretion of the Principal Rural Fire Officer and subject to a site safety inspection.

Permitted activities

Some activities (subject to specific conditions) are permitted in a restricted season. These include:

  • gas-operated barbecues
  • charcoal barbecues, hangis or umus
  • incinerators
  • braziers, chimineria or other outdoor fire places
  • smokers or burners used to subdue bees or control bee mites.

Specific conditions relating to permitted activities:

  • The fire may only be lit when wind conditions allow and the fire must be extinguished if wind conditions deteriorate.
  • The fire must not cause a smoke, ash or odour nuisance that is objectionable beyond the boundary of a property.
  • The burning of accelerants such as rubber, plastics, oil, diesel and the burning of copper-chrome-arsenic treated timber is prohibited.
  • Incinerator fires should not be lit at night.
  • Fires should not be lit closer than three metres to any property boundary, tree, hedge, building or other structure.
  • An adequate means to extinguish and prevent the spread of fire must be available at all times.
  • Burn only dry material.
  • Maintain constant supervision of any outdoor fire and ensure that fires are properly extinguished before leaving.

Alternatives to burning

Instead of burning, consider the following options first:

Construction of permanent outdoor fireplaces

Planning to construct a permanently-fixed outdoor fireplace e.g. a barbeque in an outdoor living area?  The Fire Prevention Bylaw 2010 requires that a fireplace be sited at least three metres from an adjoining property boundary.  Exceptions can be made if the written permission is obtained from the affected property owner and consideration given to other factors e.g. proximity to buildings, trees, hedges or other structures.

Related links

Rural fire (links to the Wellington Fire and Emergency New Zealand)
Fires on the beach
Fire restrictions and alerts (links to the Wellington Fire and Emergency New Zealand)
Council bylaws