Fire season status

The current fire season status is ‘RESTRICTED‘. The current fire danger level is ‘LOW‘.

Fire restrictions, season status, alerts and danger levels are managed by the Wellington Rural Fire Authority (WRFA).

Visit the WRFA website for more information.

In a restricted fire season you always need a permit to light a fire in the open, except for gas-fired BBQ’s.

If the fire season status is raised to ‘prohibited’, then no fires will be allowed in the open except for gas-fired BBQ’s and any existing fire permits are automatically suspended.

Urban fire restrictions

There is no application form or process for an urban fire however, if you are lighting a fire in an urban area of Upper Hutt you MUST refer to our Prevention of Vegetation Fires bylaw.

The bylaw explains:.

  • conditions for lighting fires in the open air
  • conditions for lighting barbeques and traditional cooking fires
  • prohibition of fires during a prohibited fire season
  • exemptions from prohibitions on lighting fires in the open air.
  • penalties for breach of bylaw.

View/download the Prevention of Vegetation Fires bylaw [PDF 61 KB]

If  you would like to know more about urban fire restrictions please contact us on (04) 527 2169 or the Upper Hutt Fire Station on (04) 528 2088.

Rural fire permits are issued by the Wellington Rural Fire Authority (WRFA)

Permit applications can be made online at or by phoning the WRFA office on (04) 237 9613 during the hours of 11.00 am and 3.00 pm, Monday to Friday.

To learn more about the application process visit the WRFA website at

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Last updated on 06 Oct 2016