The total fire ban will be lifted on Wednesday 21st February 2018. To apply for a permit please go to the Permit tab. All permit applications will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

People seeking further information can phone 0800 673 473 during work hours.


The Otago, Fire and Emergency New Zealand is responsible for ensuring the requirements of the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act 2017 and the Fire and Emergency New Zealand (Fire Permits) Regulations 2017.

Our area of responsibility is the Otago Regional Boundaries (with a few exceptions).

If you’re in doubt contact us anyway and we can point you in the right direction.

"The safety of rural firefighters and firelighters is our highest priority. Know the restrictions and do your part to keep safe."