Status Definitions

Open

No fire permit is needed to light a fire in open air.

What does this mean?

As long as you have permission from the relevant land owner you can light a fire in open air without needing to get a Fire Permit. However, you are still responsible for the fire and must ensure that the fire does not get out of control and spread to vegetation or property.


Restricted

A permit is needed to light a fire in open air in this area

What does this mean?

You will need to contact Fire and Emergency to arrange for a Fire Permit. This is likely to involve an inspection of the site where you wish to light a fire. If appropriate a Fire Permit will be issued to you setting out the specific conditions in which you can undertake the burn. This may include clearance distances and weather conditions. You commit an offence if you knowingly or recklessly light, or allow another person to light a fire without a fire permit, or not in accordance with the conditions of a fire permit, during a restricted fire season.


Prohibited

There is a total ban on the lighting of any fires in open air in this area.

What does this mean?

Fire dangers are usually high. You will need to contact Fire and Emergency to arrange for a Fire Permit. Fire and Emergency can only grant a permit if it considers that the permit is necessary to prevent, reduce, or overcome any hazard to life or because of any other serious emergency; or weather or other conditions have temporarily reduced the fire hazard so as to make it apparently safe to light a fire.