Contact the Palmerston North City Council Call Centre (06 356
8199) with questions about lighting fires.
The current Fire Season status is: OPEN
Open Fire Season
Restricted Fire Season
Prohibited Fire Season
Means no permit is required to light a fire in the open air.
You are responsible for any consequences should the fire escape
Means a permit is required from the
relevant rural fire authority to light a fire in the open air.
These generally exclude gas BBQs.
You are responsible for any
consequences should the fire escape control.
Means a total fire ban and lighting of
fires in the open air is not permitted.
Any existing permits would be
the New Zealand National Rural Fire Authority website for more
information [external website]
During a Restricted Fire Season you need a Rural Fire
Get a permit before lighting any open air fire in the rural
areas of Palmerston North.
- Check the map in the downloads section below: is your proposed
fire in the rural areas of Palmerston North?
- Apply for a permit: contact the Palmerston North City Council
Call Centre (06 356 8199),
- A Rural Fire Officer will contact you and make an appointment
to inspect the location.
- If your proposed outdoor fire is considered safe, the officer
will issue a permit.
FAQ about vegetation fires in country areas
Fire Authority information [external website]
About Palmerston North Rural Fire services
Rural Fire Officers are on 24 hour, 365 day call out to attend
fires. Response time to pager call is under 10 minutes. Often the
New Zealand Fire Service and a Rural Fire Officer will arrive at a
fire first, to be followed by the Volunteer Rural Fire Fighting
The Palmerston North City Council is the Rural Fire Authority
for the area.
Palmerston North Volunteer Rural Force
Our volunteer rural fire fighting crew consists of council staff
and volunteers from the public. As at June 2008 there are 19
A specialist 4WD Mitsubishi Fire Appliance is held in the Depot
on Fergusson St and the volunteer fire fighters are called out
whenever a major vegetation fire occurs in the rural areas of