If you live in a rural area anywhere in the Queenstown Lakes District, you will need to get a permit from the Otago Rural Fire Authority for any outdoor fires. This includes farms, lifestyle blocks and dwellings outside urban boundaries, and covers fires to burn stubble and trimmings as well as bonfires.
The Otago Rural Fire Authority is responsible for ensuring that the requirements of the Forest and Rural Fires Act 1977 and the Forest and Rural Fires Regulations 2005 are met.
There is no cost to obtain a fire permit but it may take around five working days to issue, and may involve a site inspection. Think ahead and apply well before you expect to start burning.
When conditions are dry, ORFA may declare a restricted or prohibited fire season.
Please contact ORFA for all information relating to fire permits, rural fire control and becoming a rural fire volunteer:
If you notice a fire or smoke, call 111 and ask for the Fire Service.