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Auckland Council

Fireworks, Guy Fawkes bonfires and sky lanterns

Fireworks are dangerous and pose a high fire risk. You must make sure you are using them safely.

Where you can light fireworks

You can light fireworks only on private property, in a safe and considerate manner.

You cannot light fireworks in public places:

  • beaches
  • parks
  • conservation area
  • forests
  • road surfaces, berm or footpath on your street.

Unless you have approval from us.

Our tips for using fireworks

  • Inform your neighbours, if possible and avoid using them after 10pm.
  • Have water or fire extinguishers handy.
  • Read and follow handling instructions carefully.
  • Do not light fireworks in windy or dry conditions.
  • Do not point fireworks at any person, animal, property or vegetation.
  • Always have a responsible adult present.
  • Keep pets inside or move animals to avoid stress.

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

Where you can light Guy Fawkes bonfires

On public land

It is illegal to light an outdoor fire in any public place within Auckland under the Public Safety and Nuisance Bylaw 2103, unless we have given prior approval.

This applies to all:

  • beaches
  • parks
  • conservation areas
  • forests
  • road surfaces, berm or footpath on your street.

On residential private land

Bonfires are not allowed in residential areas at any time.

On rural private land

During Guy Fawkes (2-5 November), bonfires are allowed on private land in rural areas but must be lit during daylight hours and extinguish them before nightfall.

You need to:

  • comply with the general fire safety guidelines
  • get a fire permit, from Fire and Emergency New Zealand during a Restricted Fire Season.

For fire permit application and information about the current fire seasons see www.checkitsalright.nz website.

Sky lanterns

Sky lanterns, also known as Chinese lanterns, are a fire risk when left to fly away.

You may only use sky lanterns if you can secure and fix them so they cannot float away.