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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Some activities (subject to specific conditions) are permitted in a restricted season. These include:
Specific conditions relating to permitted activities:
Instead of burning, consider the following options first:
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.