Authorised fire types

This table lists the authorised fire types in a restricted fire season, i.e. these fire types do not require a fire permit, as they are not considered to be fires in open air.

Authorised fire types, descriptions and conditions in a restricted fire season

 

Fire type Description and conditions
Gas-operated appliances Manufactured gas-operated appliances, such as barbeques, outdoor fireplaces and outdoor gas heaters.
Find out more about the safe use of barbeques and gas cylinders and outdoor gas-operated appliances.
Charcoal barbeques or grills Barbeques or grills that use either charcoal briquettes or natural lump charcoal as their fuel source.
Condition:

  • Don’t use on an apartment balcony, deck, under a roof overhang or within other enclosed areas.

If you cannot meet these conditions, you must apply for a permit.

Wood-fire pizza oven Also known as wood ovens, these are ovens that use wood fuel for cooking.
Conditions:

  • Don’t light your fire within three metres of any part of a building, hedge, shelter belt or any combustible material.
  • In case your fire gets out of control, you must have a suitable way to extinguish it within five metres of your pizza-oven, such as a water hose, mechanical digger, or water sprayer.

If you cannot meet these conditions, you must apply for a permit.

Chiminea A freestanding front-loading fireplace or oven with a bulbous body, and usually has a vertical smoke vent or chimney.
Conditions:

  • Don’t light your fire within three metres of any part of a building, hedge, shelter belt or any combustible material.
  • In case your fire gets out of control, you must have a suitable way to extinguish it within five metres of your chiminea, such as a water hose, mechanical digger, or water sprayer.

If you cannot meet these conditions, you must apply for a permit.

Cultural fires Including hāngī, umu, braai and lovo.
Conditions:

  • Your fire area must be less than two square metres.
  • Don’t light your fire within three metres of any part of a building, hedge, shelter belt or any combustible material.
  • In case your fire gets out of control, you must have a suitable way to extinguish it within five metres of your cultural fire, such as a water hose, mechanical digger, or water sprayer.
  • Find out more about the safe use of cultural fires.

If you cannot meet these conditions, you must apply for a permit.

Braziers A container for hot coals – usually an upright standing or hanging metal bowl or box.
Conditions:

  • Your fire area must be less than 0.5 square metres.
  • Don’t light your fire within three metres of any part of a building, hedge, shelter belt or any combustible material.
  • In case your fire gets out of control, you must have a suitable way to extinguish it within five metres of your brazier, such as a water hose, mechanical digger, or water sprayer.

If you cannot meet these conditions, you must apply for a permit.

Fire pits/bowls A pit dug in the ground made from stone, brick or metal or a bowl on an upright stand.
Conditions:

  • Your fire area must be less than 0.5 square metres.
  • Don’t light your fire within three metres of any part of a building, hedge, shelter belt or any combustible material.
  • In case your fire gets out of control, you must have a suitable way to extinguish it within five metres of your fire pit/bowl, such as a water hose, mechanical digger, or water sprayer.

If you cannot meet these conditions, you must apply for a permit.

Open drum and manufactured incinerators A drum or container with a mesh or solid lid designed to prevent the escape of hot ash or fire, and designed exclusively for incineration.
Conditions:

  • Don’t light your fire within five metres of any part of a building, hedge, shelter belt or any combustible material.
  • In case your fire gets out of control, you must have a suitable way to extinguish it within five metres of your incinerator, such as a water hose, mechanical digger, or water sprayer.

If you cannot meet these conditions, you must apply for a permit.