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Auckland Council

Check if you can light a fire in your area


From 28 January 2020, Auckland entered a prohibited fire season, as set by Fire and Emergency New Zealand. This means there is currently a total fire ban. For more information, visit

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If a fire is a risk to person or property, call 111 and ask for the Fire Service.

Why we have outdoor fire rules

  • Protect people and communities from fire.
  • Protect Auckland's air quality.
  • Prevent unnecessary emergency fire calls.

Fire seasons

Fire and Emergency New Zealand are responsible for:

  • setting fire seasons within Auckland
  • issuing and renewing fire permits.

To check the current fire season, visit the Check it's Alright website.

Apply for or renew a fire permit

For some outdoor fires, you will need a current fire permit.

You can apply for a permit or renew your existing permit on the Fire and Emergency New Zealand website.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand will assess your application and issue or decline a permit.

Report a problem with a fire

If you have concerns about the safety of fires, see Fire and Emergency New Zealand website.

See report smoke and pollution from fires for details on reporting nuisance from smoke and pollution.