Burning Regulations

Outdoor burning regulation - Quick Guide

Burning Regulation_prohibited 

Burning Regulation_permitted 

Residential backyard burning (burn piles)

Residential backyard burning has been banned for April 2020.  Permits will not be issued.

Residential backyard burning, often called burn piles, are for disposing of large amounts of organic yard waste on your own property.

Residential outdoor cooking fires

Permits are not required for residential outdoor cooking fires, under these conditions:

  • Fire is within a device or barrier and is contained from spreading
  • Container does not exceed 24 inches in diameter
  • Burn only clean, dry wood or briquettes
  • Fire duration is not more than 2 hours


Barbecues, grills or smokers fuelled by:

  • Liquid (naphtha, kerosene, etc.)
  • Gas (propane, natural gas, etc.)
  • Solid (charcoal briquettes)
  • Electricity
  • Portable or fixed campfire devices that are fuelled by propane or natural gas

The burning of debris from land clearing is prohibited.

Any fires that generate persistent, offensive smoke shall be ordered extinguished.

Other fires

For other kinds of fires, like ceremonial, campground or for a special event (such as a bonfire), you will also need a permit.

Download burning permit for other fire types

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Last updated: March 31, 2020

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