The Christchurch City Council has the authority to impose fire restrictions in its urban and rural fire districts when required.

An Open Fire Season for the Christchurch City Council Rural Fire District will come into effect from 7am on Saturday 8 April 2017.  

After this time fires may be lit in the open air in these areas without requiring a fire permit. 

A prohibited fire season took effect in the Christchurch Urban Fire Districts from midnight on Saturday 14 January 2017.

If you see an unattended fire that appears to be threatening property, please call 111 immediately so that the fire services. The public is also asked to report any suspicious activity to the authorities.

Rural Fire District

The Christchurch rural fire district includes Banks Peninsula but excludes:

  • The Christchurch, Brooklands, New Brighton, Sumner, Lyttelton, Diamond Harbour, Governors Bay, Little River and Akaroa Urban Fire Districts established under Section 26 of the Fire Service Act 1975; and
  • State areas and any associated Fire Safety Margin administered by the Department of Conservation.

Anyone lighting fires still has the responsibility to ensure that it does not spread and cause damage to other property. 

Before lighting a fire, ensure that you have considered current and forecast weather conditions, have adequate fire breaks, have the means to extinguish the fire and are able to supervise the fire until fully extinguished.

Living on a rural property? The National Rural Fire Authority has some fire safety tips [PDF 761KB] and practical ways [PDF 1.2MB] to protect your property.

Urban Fire Districts

The Christchurch urban fire districts are:

  • Christchurch
  • Brooklands
  • New Brighton
  • Sumner
  • Lyttelton
  • Governors Bay
  • Diamond Harbour
  • Little River
  • Akaroa.

Public Notices

These public notices are issued under Section 13 of the Christchurch Urban Fire Safety Bylaw 2014 and Section 22(2) of the Forest and Rural Fires Act 1977.

Christchurch City Council Notification of lifting of Prohibited Fire Season

Christchurch City Rural Fire Area – including Banks Peninsula

Notice is hereby given that the prohibited fire season currently imposed by the Christchurch City Council over the rural fire area for which the Council is the Fire Authority is lifted from midnight Friday 7 April 2017, to be replaced by an open fire season.

Fires may now be lit in the open air in rural areas without permit.  Restrictions may be reimposed at a later date if weather conditions create a potentially dangerous fire situation.

All residents are requested to take care when lighting open fires.  Before lighting fires in the open air, careful consideration must be given to weather conditions, adequacy of fire breaks, availability of water, and the patrolling of fires until completely out.  Fires are not to be left burning after dark.

Note:           

  • Resource Consent conditions imposed by Environment Canterbury may still apply
  • Property owners within the Department of Conservation Fire Safety Margin require a permit all year round
  • Relevant authorities should be contacted prior to any burning.

Darrin Woods
Principal Rural Fire Officer


Urban Fire District

Notice of lifting of fire ban in the open air within the City of Christchurch.

Christchurch City Council is lifting its ban on fires in the open air in urban areas.

The ban, which has been in place since Saturday, 14 January 2017, will be lifted from 7am Saturday, 8 April 2017 until further notice.

The existing prohibition on fires in the open air is imposed pursuant to Section 13 of the Christchurch City Council Urban Fire Safety Bylaw 2014 and is in force for properties not zoned residential in Christchurch City and within the Urban Fire Districts of Christchurch, Brooklands, New Brighton, Sumner, Lyttelton, Governors Bay, Diamond Harbour, Little River and Akaroa.

Fires may now be lit in the open air in the urban areas without permit. Restrictions may be re-imposed at a later date if weather conditions create a potentially dangerous fire situation.

Before lighting fires in the open air, careful consideration must be given to weather conditions, the risk of spread, adequacy of fire breaks, availability of water, and the supervision of fires until completely out. Fires must only be lit in daylight hours and must not be left burning after dark.

Note: Environment Canterbury places resource consent conditions on fires in residential areas. Landowners in these areas should contact Environment Canterbury for further information.

Tracey Weston
Head of Regulatory Compliance
Christchurch City Council