Changes to Urban Fire Permitting

(Posted on: June 29)

From Sunday 1 July 2018, Fire & Emergency New Zealand will be assuming responsibility for fire permitting in the urban Manawatū area.

FENZ are responsible for declaring fire seasons, issuing fire permits (fire control) and fire hazard removal in all urban and rural locations.

Fire Season and Fire Permits

When assessing your fire permit, Fire and Emergency will take into consideration a range of factors including the location of your proposed fire, the weather, and other conditions that may increase the risk of the fire getting out of control.

Information from Fire and Emergency about fire seasons, the current season in your location, how to safely light a fire, fire types and how to apply for a permit can be found at: (if you do not have internet connection please phone 0800 656 628 for assistance).

Fire Hazard Removal

If there's a property in your neighbourhood that you believe is a health or safety hazard due to an unkempt section, you might first try talking to the property owner.

If this does not resolve the problem, contact Council on 06 323 0000 to report a concern that does not present a fire risk, such hording and other nuisance issues including vermin control.

If your concern is a fire risk, you can let Fire and Emergency New Zealand know about your concern by completing the online form available at or calling 0800 336 942.  Please note that Fire and Emergency is only able to take action to deal with genuine fire hazards, and not where the property is just unsightly or presents a health hazard.