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Outdoor Fire Safety Bylaw 2014

Ture ā-Rohe Tahu Āhuru Noa te Ahi i Waho 2014

The Outdoor Fire Safety Bylaw protects people, property and the environment from the risk of outdoor fires and other fire hazards.

What the Outdoor Fire Safety Bylaw applies to

The bylaw applies to a range of outdoor fire activities, including:

  • outdoor cooking and heating fires
  • fireworks
  • braziers
  • barbecues
  • sky lanterns
  • traditional cooking fires
  • open air fires
  • incinerator fires.

What the Outdoor Fire Safety Bylaw does

The bylaw:

  • determines what type of outdoor fires are allowed in both urban and rural areas
  • determines the general conditions that you must meet when lighting an outdoor fire
  • sets out a process for us to declare a temporary fire ban on of outdoor fires, excluding very specific appliances, in extreme fire hazard conditions.
  • sets out a process for approving outdoor fires when necessary.
  • requires you to be responsible for minimising potential fire hazards, such as disposing of hot ash and the storage of combustible materials.

Get a copy of the Outdoor Fire Safety Bylaw

The Fire and Emergency Act 2017

With the passing of the Fire and Emergency Act 2017, certain fire control responsibilities transfer from Auckland Council to the new Fire and Emergency New Zealand organisation (FENZ).

FENZ is an amalgamation of the New Zealand Fire Service, the National Rural Fire Authority, rural fire districts and territorial authority rural fire authorities.

The transfer of fire control responsibilities is still being finalised, so this bylaw still applies to Auckland until any changes are made.