Fires - Permits and Smoke Complaints

Fire Season Status

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Rural Fire Permits

On 1 July 2017, the new Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act 2017 came into force. This Act repeals the Forest and Rural Fires Act 1997, with immediate effect.

Urban Fire Permits

On 1 July 2018, Fire & Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) assumed 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.

If you live in Apiti, Cheltenham, Feilding, Halcombe, Himatangi, Kimbolton, Rongotea or Tangimoana, you may need to apply for an urban fire permit.

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