Rural Fire

As of July 2017 - The Hurunui District Council no longer has any responsibility for fire response. 

Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) covers all of the Hurunui District except for Public Conservation Land

FENZ has obligations under the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act 2017 to promote prevention detection control and restriction of fire in its rural area.

This includes imposing fire restrictions and bans where appropriate.

FENZ can be contacted on 0800 658 628 or email

Check Before you Light - Permit information is available via the FENZ website. 


Fireworks are considered an activity rather than strictly a fire in the open. These may require an inspection by a FENZ Fire Safety Officer depending on the event. 

There are also special conditions around stubble burning and Hill and High country burning you may need to know about.

Crop Residue (stubble) Burning

Stubble fires are covered by a code of practice. This is found on the Checkitsalright  As long as farmers diligently follow this Code of Practice, they are free to burn crop residue in open and restricted seasons without needing a permit.

Clean Air Legislation

If you live in a township, you will need permission from Environment Canterbury to light a fire outdoors. 

Because the Clean Air Legislation also governs fires, it is a good idea for anyone wishing to light fires to also check with Environment Canterbury as well as Fire and Emergency New Zealand.  Year round fire restrictions also apply in those parts of our district owned by Public Conservation Land.  

If you live on or within Public Conservation Land, or the 1km fire margins around it or the coast, you will need a permit from the Department to light an outdoor fire.

Before lighting any fire near a road, you need to consider the safety of road users, and in particular smoke hazard across roadways.

Hill and High Country Burning

For the Landholder: Burning vegetation in Canterbury Region is a permitted activity (this means that no resource consent is required, Land and Vegetation Management, Environment Canterbury Regional Plan, Part IV) provided that conditions are met.
Hill and High Country Means: Land more than 20 degrees in slope or more than 600 metres above sea level. 

If you answer YES to any of the above and your burning falls within the conditions described in the following brochure then your burning is a permitted activity and you will not need a resource consent.  Resource consent is required if your burning falls outside of these conditions.
Please read the brochure for more information.