In our region we have regulations and restrictions which need to be considered before lighting an open fire.
Before you have an open fire that includes braziers, contact Environment Canterbury(external link) (ECan).
Residents on sites less than two hectares should not burn waste outdoors. Cooking using an outdoor fire (such as a barbeque, hangi, umu or pizza oven) is permitted, but you should try to minimise nuisance to neighbours. For complaints about air pollution from fires, contact Environment Canterbury's customer services line on 0800 324 636 or on the pollution hotline 0800 76 55 88.
Note that braziers are classified as fires in the open air and so are restricted by the fire bans.
Outdoor burning on properties measuring under two hectares within Christchurch and Banks Peninsula is not permitted at any time of the year without a resource consent from Environment Canterbury, unless it is only for cooking purposes. The minimum cost of applying for a resource consent is $1,725 incl GST, and there is no guarantee a resource consent will be granted.
If outdoor burning is permitted under Environment Canterbury's regulations, 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 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.
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(external link) 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 Principal Rural Fire Officer is required to inspect the proposed fire site.
Call (03) 941 8999 or 0800 800 169 (Banks Peninsula residents) to be referred on to a Fire and Emergency New Zealand Principal Rural Fire Officer.
During a Christchurch Fire and Emergency New Zealand 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 property measuring under two hectares or during the winter period (1 May to 31 August) contact Environment Canterbury, phone free 0800 329 276 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.