Services

Rural fire

There are times when you might need a permit to have a fire outside. Check the fire season status to find out what the rules are. Here you can also find out about our rural fire service and volunteers.

Always check the fire season status before you light a fire.

Dial 111 to report an open air fire that looks dangerous.

If you have any questions about lighting fires, call us on 06 356 8199

What does the fire season status mean for you?

Open fire season

You do not need a permit to light a fire in the open air.

You are responsible for any consequences should the fire escape control.

Restricted fire season

You need a permit from Fire and Emergency New Zealand to light a fire in the open air.

Restrictions generally exclude gas barbecues.

You are responsible for any consequences should the fire escape control.

For more information, see the Fire and Emergency New Zealand public website.

Prohibited fire season

Total fire ban. You are not permitted to light a fire in the open air.

Any existing permits will be cancelled.

About Fire and Emergency New Zealand

Rural fire officers are on call to attend fires 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Response time to pager call is under 10 minutes. Often the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Principal Rural Fire Officer will arrive at a fire first, followed by volunteer rural firefighters.

Palmerston North Volunteer Rural Force

Our volunteer rural firefighting crew is made up of council staff and volunteers from the public.

A specialist 4WD Fire Appliance is held in the Palmerston North Fire Station and the volunteer firefighters are called out whenever a major vegetation fire occurs in the Palmerston North rural area.