Monday, 16 July 2018

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Fire and Emergency NZ takes over all fire permitting

Fire and Emergency New Zealand has taken over responsibility for issuing all permits for fires in the open in the Coromandel and overseeing fire safety, as a result of a change in legislation.

Due to the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act 2017,  as of 1 July responsibility for granting fire permits, setting fire seasons, and imposing fire bans is no longer with local councils like Thames-Coromandel District Council, but rests with Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ).

To apply for a fire permit, go to the FENZ website.

All of the Thames-Coromandel district, including public conservation lands, forests, and offshore islands, is currently in a Restricted Fire Season.

During a restricted fire season, you will need a permit for all open-air fires. Contact FENZ to arrange a permit.

TCDC does not give approval for fires in public places (beaches, parks, reserves, roads etc). There are some exceptions for cultural cooking fires such as hangi, for which specific approval needs to be given and a permit is still required.

It is much safer to take rubbish to your nearest refuse transfer station where it can be disposed of, instead of burning it. Head to the Waikato Regional Council's website to read more about what you can and can't burn in the Waikato Region.

If you have a concern about a fire hazard, you can let Fire and Emergency NZ know by completing their online form or calling 0800 336 942. 

Please note that Fire and Emergency is only able to take action to deal with genuine fire hazards, and not where the property is just unsightly. TCDC no longer has authority to deal with fire hazards or decide on fire permits.

If you see an out of control fire, call Fire and Emergency New Zealand on 111.

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