Rural fire permits
A restricted fire season came into effect over the Matamata-Piako District from 20 December, and is in place until 8 February (or longer if we have a dry summer).
Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ) now have the responsibility for managing rural fire. However, Council staff will still be issuing Fire Permits on behalf of FENZ for the next few years. The maximum penalties for lighting a fire during a restricted or prohibited fire season without a permit have increased from $6,000 to $300,000. To check the fire season status and apply for a permit go to fireandemergency.nz.