Outdoor Fires- Residential
Open burning (no permit required)
Outdoor Fires- Industrial/ Commercial and Lot Clearing (burning permit required)
Outdoor Fires- Exemptions (permitted without permit but subject to section 3.30 and other parts of the bylaw)
Burning Permits are free of charge. To obtain one call 250.674.2257 and leave your name, phone number, address, purpose of the burn and ideal day and time and the Fire Chief will phone to arrange a time to inspect the site and issue the burning permit. Please allow some time for this process and phone ahead of time to accommodate the Fire Chief’s busy schedule.
Campfire regulations are outlined in Schedule F of the Bylaw.
The Ministry of Environment recently developed a fact sheet that outlines the environmental laws that apply to burning in BC. Although this fact sheet deals with requirements under the Environmental Management Act, it emphasizes that anyone burning material also must comply with any local bylaws that exist for fire protection and/or air quality.
It is worth noting that backyard burning of garbage and other “prohibited materials” is not allowed under provincial law, except with specific authorization. Air pollution from burning of waste contains toxic pollutants, can generate plumes of smoke which are unsightly and/or a public safety concern, can generate odors, and can result in public complaints.
The Open Burning Smoke Regulation applies to burning vegetative material, and this regulation is currently under review.