Lighting a fire in rural taranaki?

You may need a permit.

Select your local district and find out if it's alright to light!

New Plymouth district
You don't need a permit to light a fire
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Stratford district
You don't need a permit to light a fire
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South Taranaki District
You don't need a permit to light a fire
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Information current at 11 12 2018

Get a permit

If you live in a restricted fire region then you will need to apply for a fire permit. Fill out the form below to apply for a fire permit.

Please note, submitting this form does not give you permission to light a fire. The permit must be issued and in your possession before you start the fire.

Please allow up to five working days for your permit to be issued.

Your details

Fire details


Supporting documents

Please note you are able to upload multiple files, but no one file should exceed 5mb. Acceptable file formats include JPG, Microsoft Word, Excel, PDF.

I acknowledge that I have read the conditions for my region as stated above, and agree to all conditions.

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This permit is issued under regulation 6 of the Fire and Emergency New Zealand (Fire Permits) Regulations 2017. You may light a fire in open air at the location described above, subject to the following conditions:


  • 1You must not light a fire in fire risk conditions that make it likely that the fire will spread beyond the limits of the location or property specified in this permit as the location of the fire.
  • 2Immediately before lighting a fire in an area which is in a restricted fire season you must make reasonable efforts to confirm that, in the location of the fire no prohibition on the lighting of fires in open air is in place; and no prohibited fire season is in place.

Safe fire advice

recreational fire

Many of us enjoy recreation in New Zealand’s forest and rural areas – from camping and tramping to four wheel driving. Our activities can increase the risk of fire in a rural area. Find out about your responsibilities for preventing fire.

forest management

Protecting your exotic or indigenous forest from the risk of fire is important so you realise the full value of your trees or the site. Learn about how you can prevent and deal with fires for small forests.

rural business

To protect your farm or rural business from the risk of fire, you can include fire safety as part of your business plan. Find out how to assess the risk of fire to your business and prioritise what you can do to make improvements.

Your fire district

new plymouth

The New Plymouth District begins in the north encompassing the township of Tongapurutu and extends south to the township of Okato. Lepperton, Egmont Village and Inglewood make up the eastern boundary of the district.


The Stratford District takes in about one quarter of the Taranaki Region, and includes four major geological features: the Taranaki volcanic cone, its associated ring plain, the Patea River catchment, and the eastern hill country.

south taranaki

The South Taranaki District is the southern most district in Taranaki and contains the towns of Hawera, Manaia, Opunake, Patea, Eltham, and Waverley. Its northermost boundary is with Okato in the north and Whanganui in the south.

Issued permits

Explore the map to see fire permits issued in Taranaki

If you need further advice or help with your permit please make contact with us on the numbers below. In an emergency please call 111.
0800 658 628 Send Us An Email
Principal rural fire officer
Nigel Dravitzki
postal address
PO Box 7104, Fitzroy,
New Plymouth, 4312