Outdoor fires

Follow the rules and keep yourself and your neighbours safe

Smoke from outdoor fires can affect the health and wellbeing of people in the area, especially those who may suffer from asthma or other respiratory conditions. It is the responsibility of the person lighting the fire to ensure that ash, smoke or odour from the fire does not become a source of annoyance to neighbours. To ensure everyone's safety and wellbeing, it's important to take care around any form of fire and remember the rules around burning outdoors.

Rules for safe burning

  • Fires should be supervised at all times.
  • There should be water or another means of fire suppressant on hand at all times.
  • Fires should not be lit if they cause a nuisance to others through ash, smoke or odour.
  • Fires should not deposit ash or other debris beyond the property boundary.
  • Outdoor fires, including traditional cooking fires, should not be lit if they could become or are a danger to people.

Fire bans

During extremely dry periods, Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) may need to put a fire ban in place to reduce the risk of fires spreading and causing harm to people and property.

During a fire ban, outdoor fires – except barbeques, braziers, incinerator fires and traditional cooking fires like hangis or umus – are not allowed.

Keep up to date with rules around lighting fires by checking it's alright before you light at checkitsalright.nz

Download our brochure with tips on safe outdoor burning.


Page reviewed: 26 Nov 2021 1:33pm