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Rules for outdoor fires
Rules for outdoor fires in residential or business areas
You cannot light outdoor fires in Auckland's urban area. This includes all residential and business land. If you are unsure if your property is urban or rural, check your address.
Provided you meet general fire safety conditions, you can use a small heating or cooking fire, such as:
- gas or solid fuel barbecue
- pizza oven
- outdoor fireplace
- hāngi or umu.
You cannot burn rubbish or garden waste, and there are other restrictions as well. See Pizza ovens and small heating or cooking fires.
Rules for outdoor fires on public land
It is illegal to light open fires or discharge fireworks in all public areas in the Auckland region, including:
- beaches (including foreshores)
- conservation areas
The only exceptions to this rule is gas fuel barbecues or dedicated barbecue facilities within regional parks.
Rules for outdoor fires on Hauraki Gulf islands
Fire is a serious threat to the Hauraki Gulf islands.
The populated islands of the Hauraki Gulf (Waiheke, Great Barrier, Rakino, Kawau & Ponui islands) are in a Restricted Fire Season (fire by permit only).
All other islands of the Hauraki Gulf will remain in a Prohibited Fire Season (total fire ban).
Only gas fueled outdoor fires are allowed.
Why we have outdoor fire rules
- Protect people and communities from fire.
- Protect Auckland's air quality
- Prevent unnecessary emergency fire calls.
If a fire gets out of control
If a fire escapes or gets out of control, under new legislation we can seek cost recovery from the person responsible. Some people have been billed up to $2 million.
If you can't control it, don't light it.
|Check if you can light a fire in your area||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/licences-regulations/outdoor-fires/Pages/check-you-can-light-fire-your-area.aspx||Check if you can light a fire in your area||Find out what kind of fires you can light on your property.||aspx||Outdoor fires and fireworks|
|Fire permit application and renewal||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/licences-regulations/outdoor-fires/Pages/fire-permit-outage.aspx||Fire permit application and renewal||Fire and Emergency New Zealand is now responsible for fire permit applications and fire permit renewals.||aspx|
|Fireworks, Guy Fawkes bonfires and sky lanterns||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/licences-regulations/outdoor-fires/Pages/fireworks-guy-fawkes-bonfires-sky-lanterns.aspx||Fireworks, Guy Fawkes bonfires and sky lanterns||The rules for fireworks, Guy Fawkes bonfires and sky lanterns in Auckland. ||aspx|
|Permanent outdoor fireplaces and ovens||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/licences-regulations/outdoor-fires/Pages/pizza-ovens-small-heating-cooking-fires.aspx||Permanent outdoor fireplaces and ovens||On private land, you can light a small heating or cooking fire. Find out how to keep them safe.||aspx||Outdoor fires and fireworks|
|Report smoke and pollution from fires ||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/licences-regulations/outdoor-fires/Pages/report-smoke-pollution-from-fires.aspx||Report smoke and pollution from fires ||How to report smoke or pollution and what we can do about it. ||aspx||Outdoor fires and fireworks|