Burning Regulations

Burning Guidelines:

Open burning is allowed between October 1st and May 31st.  Please check the venting index for good burning days

Residential Yard Waste Burning/Incinerator - WHEN ALLOWED

  • No permit required
  • Must be a clean drum or barrel with screen
  • No larger than 6’ in diameter & height
  • Must have a hose or other reasonable means to control the fire
  • Must be fully extinguished by 6 pm (no smoke from smoldering embers)
  • Smoldering causes lingering smoke which is the primary complaint we receive
  • Only natural yard debris can be burned – no construction waste or household garbage
  • Ensure burning materials are dry and clean
  • The burning of any wet garbage, organic food waste, plastic, rubber, asphalt shingles or any similar  materials is prohibited
  •  Fire must be 20’ away from fences and structures / 10’ away from trees and logs
  • Incinerators must be in a clean drum or barrel with a screen
  • While burning is in progress, adult supervision must be present at the burn site
  • Burning shall not be conducted during high wind conditions
  • Burning which permits smoke to obscure any public roadway is prohibited
  • Burning should be limited to a maximum of three times per week

 Camp Fires - WHEN ALLOWED

  •   No permit required
  •   Fires must be not larger than 2’ in diameter
  •   Must have a shovel or bucket – an effective means of extinguishing the fire
  •   Fire must be fully extinguished by midnight
  •   Fire must be 20’ away from fences and structures / 10’ away from trees and logs

Land Clearing Burns  -  WHEN ALLOWED

  •   Must comply with the BC Environment Management Act and Open Burning Smoke Control Regulations
  •   Permit Required - Fire Chief will go over regulations at that time
  •   Permits issued at the discretion of the Fire Chief or designate and can be recalled at any time
  •   Venting index must be “good” on the day you start the burn and “fair” or better on the second day
  •   May burn a maximum of four times a year per parcel
  •   Maximum 3 consecutive days of burning
  •   Maximum 3 permits per property per year
  •   Must have a machine at the burn site
  •   Must have a minimum 15 days in between permits

ONLY DRY LEAVES, TREE TRIMMINGS & RESIDENTIAL YARD DEBRIS ARE ACCEPTABLE BURNING MATERIALS.

THE BURNING OF ANY CONSTRUCTION WASTE, DEMOLITION DEBRIS, WET GARBAGE, FOOD OR HOUSEHOLD WASTE, PLASTIC, RUBBER, ASPHALT SHINGLES, OR OTHER SIMILAR MATERIAL IS PROHIBITED.

Additional Regulations that apply to all burning

  • A responsible person must be in constant supervision of the fire
  • Water source must be available at all times