Outdoor fires

Smoke from outdoor fires can affect the health of people in the area, especially those with asthma or other respiratory conditions. Ash, smoke or odour from fires may also cause a nuisance to your neighbours.

To ensure everyone's safety and wellbeing, it's important to take care around any form of fire.

The Hamilton Open Air Burning Bylaw 2015 sets out safe conditions for lighting fires outdoors and also enables the Council to put a fire ban in place if needed.

​You can view the full bylaw here

The Council's Guide to Outdoor Fires brochure provides guidance around what you can and can't burn on an outdoor fire and safety tips for outdoor fires.

You can download a copy of the brochure here or call us on 07 838 6699 to have a copy sent to you.


Who to call

If a fire is causing a danger to people or property call 111. To report a fire that's causing a nuisance through smoke, ash or odour call Hamilton City Council on 07 838 6699. ​If you would like advice on lighting outdoor fires call 07 838 6699.

Page reviewed: 22 Oct 2015 1:33pm