The Christchurch City Council has the authority to impose fire restrictions in its urban and rural fire districts when required.
After this time fires may be lit in the open air in these areas without requiring a fire permit.
If you see an unattended fire that appears to be threatening property, please call fire services on 111 immediately. 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:
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.
The Christchurch urban fire districts (external link) are:
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.
Principal Rural Fire Officer
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.
Head of Regulatory Compliance
Christchurch City Council