Fire season status and restrictions

The Council and Christchurch Fire and Emergency New Zealand has the authority to impose fire restrictions in its urban and rural fire districts when required.

Permits and open air fires

In our region we have regulations and restrictions which need to be considered before lighting an open fire.

Hazardous substances (dangerous goods)

These substances can readily explode, burn, oxidise or corrode and/or be toxic to people and ecosystems.

Building warrant of fitness

A building warrant of fitness makes sure that the Specified systems in your building are maintained, inspected and reported.

Process for running events

Conditions for the use of Christchurch City Council Parks, Reserves, Squares and legal roads for events.


In New Zealand there are a number of rules that regulate the importation, storage, sale and use of fireworks.

Port Hills fire

A devastating fire burned 1645 hectares of land on the Port Hills in February 2017, claiming the life of one firefighter and destroying nine homes and two other structures.