Fires - Rural & Urban

On 1 July 2017, the new Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act 2017 came into force. This Act repeals the Forest and Rural Fires Act 1997, with immediate effect.

Information, brochures and guidance material related to this website, and this webpage will be progressively updated to reflect the requirements of the Act.

Both rural and urban areas of the district are now administered by  Fire and Emergency New Zealand. - 0800 658 628

Air quality in residential zones comes under the jurisdiction of Environment Canterbury and they have strict restrictions on the lighting of outdoor fires in urban areas.

The rural areas of the district are covered by the Fire and Emergency New Zealand.


Refer to Fire & Emergency New Zealand for all permit enquiries - FENZ or 0800 658 628

Or you can check your fire season status here