A fire permit allows you to light a fire, but does not allow you to create nuisance smoke or objectionable effects beyond the property boundary of your site.
When lighting an outdoor fire anywhere in the Tasman District, for safety purposes a fire permit is required.
Farm plastic, including agrichemical containers and silage wrap must not be burnt. Recycling programmes operated by AgRecovery (for agrichemical containers) and Plasback (silage wrap) offer alternatives to burying or burning this type of plastic.
Where burning can be carried out, there is a requirement that all burn events follow good practice. If you intend to light a fire outdoors anywhere in the Tasman District you must comply with the following criteria:
If you wish to light an “open air” fire within the rural fire district, which includes all land administered by Tasman District and Nelson City Council
Information required includes: Name and Contract Details, Property Location, Material to Burn and Quantity, Water Availability and other mitigation measures to ensure the fire cannot spread.
Once the organisation has approved the fire permit, it will be sent to you. You should keep this permit as the permit number will remain attached to your personal details.
The duration of the fire permit depends upon your requirements and the current seasonal weather effects and fire danger. During the winter period (excluding the smoke sensitive zones – TDC), permits can generally be issued for longer periods, whereas during spring and summer the duration is shortened to ensure we can manage the regional risk and hazard. During Christmas/New Year and other holiday periods only permits are issued for cooking and camp fires to minimise the risk when our fire fighting resources may be diminished.
Notes for Information of Permittee
Under the Forest and Rural Fires Act 1977, the Forest and Rural Fires Regulations 1979, and the Fire Prevention Bylaw, there are compulsory conditions to the under mentioned effect. For their full legal form, please see the Act and Regulations and Fire Prevention Bylaw.