In our region we have regulations and restrictions which need to be considered before lighting an open fire.
Before you have an open fire which includes braziers, please contact Environment Canterbury (ECan).
Residents should try to minimise nuisance to neighbours by advising them beforehand and checking wind directions. For complaints about air pollution from fires, contact Environment Canterbury Regional Council's Customer Services line on 0800 324 636 or on the pollution hotline 0800 76 55 88.
Hangis, umus and barbeques are permitted in the urban area at any time (apart from advertised times of extreme fire risk) subject to compliance with fire safety requirements.
Note that braziers are classified as fires in the open air and so are restricted by the fire bans.
Outdoor burning in residential areas within Christchurch and Banks Peninsula is not permitted at any time of the year without a resource consent from ECan. The minimum cost of applying for a resource consent is $1,472. incl GST., there is no guarantee a resource consent will be granted.
If established that outdoor burning is permitted under ECan's regulations above you are also required to comply with the following Council restrictions:
However a prohibition may be put in place due to fire danger at any time, generally the summer period.
The following current fire seasonal requirements must be followed:
All fire restrictions/prohibitions will be publicly notified in the local papers, i.e. The Press, The Star, Akaroa Mail and Bay Harbour News.
Outdoor burning within a one km safety margin of DOC land is not permitted all year round without a Fire Permit from DOC conservancy office.
If you are eligible to apply for a permit to burn during a restricted or prohibited fire season you will need to check the Fire season status and restrictions and then do the following:
During a restricted fire season you are required to have a rural fire permit issued by a Christchurch City Council Ranger prior to burning. Rural fire permits are free of charge and there is no formal application form to complete, however please apply a minimum of five working days prior to the intended fire date as a warranted Rural Fire Officer is required to inspect the proposed fire site.
Call the Customer Contact Centre on, phone (03) 941 8999 or 0800 800 169 for Banks Peninsula residents to be referred on to a Council Rural Fire Officer.
To apply for a fire permit to have an outdoor fire within the one km safety margin of DOC land please contact DOC on phone free 0800 362 468 . See the DOC website for more information.
During a Christchurch City Council imposed prohibited fire season the only circumstances special permits would be considered are for disposal of diseased stock or crops as ordered by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF). Applications for special fire permits are the same as applying for a rural fire permit during a restricted fire season.
To apply for a resource consent to burn outdoors on a residential property or during the ECan winter ban period (1 May to 31 August) contact ECan on, phone free 0800 324 636 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
No permit or licence is required for these fires in urban or residential area as long as the rules below are followed:
In times of extreme fire danger all fires, including hangis, umus and non-gas fueled barbecues may be prohibited.
Guidelines for a successful hangi or umi [PDF 25KB]