Otago Regional Council has released a notice to remind local citizens to be responsible, considering neighbours and the rules of Air Plan, when burning outdoors this season.
ORC acting general manager Peter Winder says: “Outdoor burning may require a permit from the local district or city council, Fire and Emergency NZ and in some cases, the Department of Conservation. In all cases, however, you must also comply with any ORC air plan rules applicable to your property.”
The air plan covers the entire region including Otago’s coastal marine area and has been put in place by the council in order to “promote the sustainable management of Otago’s air resource”.
Winder says: “Vegetation burn-offs are allowed under our air plan — and they may also be permitted by other authorities — but they will be in breach of our rules if they lead to smoke, odour or particulate that may be offensive or objectionable beyond property boundaries.”
Winder continues: “Our pollution team monitors fires causing offensive discharges, and may investigate or take enforcement action as necessary.”
Find out more at orc.govt.nz/plans-policies-reports/regional-plans-and-policies/air.