Most local councils have bylaws dealing with outdoor rubbish fires, including incinerators, for safety reasons and to control pollution. Bylaws may:
Outdoor fires for the purposes of cooking, such as hangi, umu and barbecues, are usually permitted at any time, providing adequate fire safety precautions are taken. However, there may sometimes be specific restrictions in force (for example, during a dry summer). Because the situation varies from district to district and on prevailing weather conditions, it is advisable to check with the local council or fire service on any specific restrictions that are in force.