Fire and Emergency New Zealand Bill

  • enacted
55 Fire in open air during restricted fire season


A person must not light or allow another person to light a fire in open air in an area that is in a restricted fire season.


Subsection (1) does not apply to a person who lights or allows another person to light a fire in the area—


in accordance with—


a permit granted under regulations made under section 151; and


any conditions of the permit; or


on public conservation land to which a restriction under section 53(4) applies, in accordance with the restriction.


A person commits an offence if the person knowingly or recklessly contravenes subsection (1).


A person who commits an offence under this section is liable on conviction,—


in the case of an individual, to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 2 years or to a fine not exceeding $300,000, or both:


in any other case, to a fine not exceeding $600,000.

Compare: 1977 No 52 s 23(1)(b), (c)