Fires in the Open Bylaw - Ngā ture mō te ahi i waho

Council adopted its Fires in the Open Bylaw 2016 at its meeting on 17 August 2016. You can read the bylaw as adopted on the agenda for this meeting, available on our Council's meeting webpage.

The new rules will come into effect on 1 September 2016.

Consultation on this proposal has closed.

Our proposal was open for public feedback from 11 April to 11 May 2016 and we received 18 submissions. You can read the submissions in our hearing pack available on our Judicial Committee webpage. To see what we proposed, go to our Consultation Portal.

Hearings on the proposed Fires in the Open Bylaw were held by Council's Judicial Committee on 2 June 2016. Information on the hearing is available on our Judicial Committee webpage.

The Judicial Committee considered the submissions received and made recommendations to Council at their meeting on 14 July 2016. Information from this meeting is available on our Judicial Committee webpage.

The Bylaw

The bylaw recognises and responds to the need to protect the district from fire hazards and nuisance and balances it with the communities' desire to light fires for cooking, heating and amenity purposes. Therefore, the bylaw provides guidelines for lighting outdoor fires, and when a fire can be lit within certain fire seasons.

The bylaw enables Council to implement and enforce different fire seasons or fire bans within areas gazetted or classified as 'urban' by the New Zealand Fire Service. We have made maps of these gazetted areas and included them in the bylaw, so you can see easily if this bylaw applies to you.

If you are not within the 'urban' area, rules around what you can and can't do are governed by either the Thames Valley Rural Fire Authority or the Department of Conservation. Head to our main webpage for more information on fire rules in these areas at www.tcdc.govt.nz/fire .

Quick links

Below are quick links to the key documents throughout the making of the bylaw. Contact us if you'd like to learn more about any of these documents.