Fire Permits

Otago Rural Fire

Rural Fire Administration and Control in Otago has changed.

If you live in a rural area anywhere in the Queenstown Lakes District, you will need to get a permit from the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Principal Rural Fire Officer 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 Fire and Emergency New Zealand Principal Rural Fire Officer is responsible for ensuring that the requirements of the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act 2017 and the Fire and Emergency New Zealand (Fire Permits) Regulations 2017 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, Otago Fire and Emergency New Zealand Principal Rural Fire Officer (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:

0800 673 473 (0800 ORFIRE)
admin@orfa.org.nz
www.otagoruralfire.org.nz

Queenstown and Wanaka both have red zones where fires are strictly prohibited at year round. Fireworks are also banned in these areas.

Red Zones

Queenstown and Wanaka both have red zones where fires are strictly prohibited at year round. Fireworks are also banned in these areas.

Queenstown

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Wanaka

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Urban Fire Information

For any urban fire information and permitting enquiries please contact the Otago Regional Council