Under regulation 39(2) of the Hazardous Substances (Classes 1 to 5 Controls) Regulations 2001 the person in charge of any outdoor pyrotechnic display firing class 1 Category G substances, must obtain prior written agreement to hold the display from the New Zealand Fire Service or the New Zealand Rural Fire Authority.
To get our written agreement for an outdoor pyrotechnic display, we have a form for you to download and complete.
Timeframes and requirements
We require 5 working days before the date of firing to process an application. If your application form is incorrectly filled out or insufficient information for us to be able to make a decision processing of your application may be delayed. If this happens we will write to you highlighting any errors and omissions, or inappropriate controls.
You can get further information from the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) website (www.epa.govt.nz) and their Code of Practice for Outdoor Pyrotechnic Displays HSNOCOP 30 or the Hazardous Substances (Classes 1 to 5 Controls) Regulations 2001.
Read the Code of Practice for Outdoor Pyrotechnic Displays HSNOCOP 30 [PDF 4.04MB]
Read the Hazardous Substances (Classes 1 to 5 Controls) Regulations 2001
Your answers should:
- reflect the complexity and size of the display, and
- have been reached in conjunction with appropriate parties, such as the pyrotechnician, the event organiser, or building or land owner.
What should I do now?
Download our Outdoor Pyrotechnic Display Written Agreement and Notification Form. If you have any questions you can call us on 0800 347 346.
Outdoor pyrotechnics in an urban fire district
Once you have filled in the form, send it with your display plan to our Fire Information Unit:
Outdoor pyrotechnics in a rural fire district
If your outdoor pyrotechnic display is located outside of an urban fire district your application must be forwarded to a Rural Fire Authority for a Principal Rural Fire Officer to approve.
The National Rural Fire Authority website (www.nrfa.org.nz) has a “Do I need a fire permit? Fire Season Status" map on their home page that can help you find the name, address and contact information for your nearest RFA. Otherwise contact your local territorial council, who will be able to give you the contact information for the nearest RFA.