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Are you banning the burning of wood for home heating?
Environment Canterbury has allowed provisions for burning wood in the future in all of their Air Plan rules. However, you may need to replace your woodburner with a cleaner burnin ...
Can I build an open fire in a house on a rural property?
You may be able to install an open fire depending on the size, zoning and location of your property. For properties greater than two hectares, not in an urban area and outsid ...
Can I have a fire on the beach?
It may be possible to have a bonfire on the beach as long as certain conditions are met. These conditions relate to separation distances from other activities and offence to other ...
Can I install a woodburner into a new home in Ashburton?
Yes, it is possible to install a woodburner in Ashburton as long it is one that is from Environment Canterbury's approved list. ...
Can I light a barbecue/hangi/umu on my residential property?
Yes. However smoke should not cause any offensive or objectionable effect beyond the boundary of your property. Environment Canterbury may still receive calls about the fire from ...
Can I light an outdoor fire on my rural property?
Yes provided the following conditions are met: your property is zoned rural there is no winter fire ban (applies to properties in Clean Air Zones) there is no city/district c ...
Can I light an outdoor fire or brazier on my residential property?
It is not possible to light an outdoor fire or brazier on a property zoned residential - there is a total outdoor fire ban in place on residential sections throughout Canterbury a ...
Can I use my old wood burner or open fire in an emergency situation?
Ashburton, Christchurch, Rangiora and Kaiapoi all have a rule that allows home owners to use their old wood burners and open fires in emergency power outage situations. An emerg ...
Do I need to partially transfer the Solid Energy pellet fire consent into my name?
Solid Energy holds a global consent to install a set number of approved pellet burners into properties in Christchurch that are not replacing an existing open fire or woodburner. ...
Do I need to remove my woodburner or open fire now that I can't legally use it in the winter?
It is not necessary to remove your old woodburner or close off your open fire once the ban in your area starts. However you will not be able to use the fire or woodburner. For Ch ...
How can I keep warm with a heat pump or low-emission woodburner that has a lower heat output than my old woodburner?
By improving the ceiling and underfloor insulation your house will be easier to heat, so you will find that you only need an appliance with a lower output, which will also mean yo ...
How did Environment Canterbury's air rules come about?
Canterbury residents have consistently said air quality was their number one environmental issue. It is now second only to water quality. The Air Plan (Chapter 3 of the Natural R ...
How does Environment Canterbury monitor air pollution?
Environment Canterbury has permanent air pollution monitoring stations in seven Canterbury towns: Kaiapoi Rangiora Christchurch (St Albans, Riccarton and Woolston) Ashburton Tima ...
I have been sold wet firewood. What can I do about it?
The Consumer Guarantees Act, administered by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, covers the supply of firewood. This requires that goods must be fit for the purpose they are sold/bo ...
If I am in a rental property, what do I do if I have relied in the past on an open fire or old burner as my main source of heat?
Landlords are obliged to provide alternative heating if they agreed to provide heating in the tenancy agreement and could be liable for a fine if they don’t. In the first instance ...
If my tenants use the fire, who will you take action against?
Both tenants and landlords are liable for the unlawful use of an open fire or an older solid fuel burner and Environment Canterbury may take action against both. Liability would u ...
Is there anything else that people can do to help improve Air Quality?
Even if you have a complying, low-emission woodburner, using it correctly can make a huge difference to its efficiency and to how much pollution it makes. For information on ...
My house needs to be rebuilt due to earthquake damage, can I put a woodburner into my new home?
If your current home is in Christchurch Clean Air Zone 1 (most of the metropolitan area), you will not be able to install a woodburner in your new home, even if your current home ...
My house will need to be rebuilt as the result of earthquake damage. Am I able to continue using my fire until the house is demolished?
If you are waiting on a your house to be rebuilt or waiting to see if your house needs to be rebuilt, you may continue to use your old woodburner or pellet fire. However you must ...
What are the serious effects on health caused by pollution from home heating?
Environment Canterbury has been monitoring air quality in Canterbury for a number of years. We have been concerned about the levels of PM10 in the air. PM10 is made up of airborn ...
What does Environment Canterbury monitor with the air pollution monitoring stations?
The main contaminant that seems to be a problem in Canterbury towns is suspended particulate PM10. All monitoring stations, except Riccarton, monitor this contaminant. Carbon mono ...
What does the Authorisation number on the Approved Woodburner list mean?
When a woodburner manufacturer wishes to sell a particular model of woodburner in Christchurch they must submit information to Environment Canterbury to prove that their burner me ...
When will I need to get rid of my open fire/old woodburner in Christchurch?
You are not required to replace an open fire or old woodburner. However, in Christchurch Clean Air Zone 1 you will not be allowed to use an open fire or old woodburner from 1 Apri ...
Who can I contact when I notice air pollution, a smoky chimney or when I suspect an open fire or old woodburner is being used during the winter ban?
You can phone our Customer Services team during office hours or the 24-hour Pollution Hotline on 0800 76 55 88. Details of the incident are then forwarded onto our Enforcement te ...
Why do you measure air pollution in only one place, the most polluted place?
The National Environmental Standard (NES) for Air Quality requires Environment Canterbury to measure air pollution in the most polluted place to ensure the whole airshed meets the ...
Why do you prohibit the use of open fires and old woodburners in Christchurch in the winter? Isn’t that when you need them?
Christchurch has poor air quality at times, particularly during the winter. The largest cause of winter pollution is home heating. This is why Environment Canterbury has prohibite ...
Why have I received a letter about my old woodburner?
Environment Canterbury sends letters out to property owners who have woodburners or pellet fires that are at least 15 years old. The letter informs them of the date they are not a ...
Why is Environment Canterbury placing restrictions on the types of home heating people can install in their homes?
A number of Canterbury towns and cities have poor air quality at times, particularly during the winter. The largest cause of winter pollution in Canterbury towns is home heating. ...
Won't electric heating be too expensive to heat my home?
If you install sufficient ceiling and underfloor insulation you will find that you will need less heating as you are keeping the heat in better. Ideally a layer of approximately 2 ...
I own a heritage listed house in Rangiora. Will I qualify for an exemption from the ban on open fires and solid fuel burners?
Can an investigating enforcement officer issue an infringement notice if the occupier is out or does not answer the door?
What is a Regional Land Transport Strategy?
I want to report illegal or unsafe disposal of asbestos, who should I contact?
Who should I contact if there is, or may be, asbestos in my home?
There is a building being demolished and I am worried that there is asbestos that has not been removed. Who should I contact?
How will you help people learn more about burning better?
What is Environment Canterbury’s overall approach?
Page created: 5/10/2009. Last updated: 5/10/2009.
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