Category 1 & 2 open burning allowed without permit from November – March. Category 3 open burning (>3m in diameter or >2m high and/or 3 or more piles burning concurrently) must be registered with the BCWS Open Fire Tracking System (OFTS) by calling 1-888-797-1717 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Burning Permits are issued by the Fire Chief of your area Fire Department. Choose your Fire Department to access the new online permit or find out how to complete an in-person permit.
Please read your permit carefully, each permit type has specific conditions that must be met, and each permit type also has an expiry date.
Permits may be cancelled by the Fire Chief at any time. Even if you have a valid permit, you must check with your Fire Department to make sure there are no bans in place. You can do this by referring to the home page section for restricted activities or contacting your Fire Department.
Before filling out a permit you are required to be familiar with the restrictions set out in CRD Bylaw 4489, the BC Wildfire Regulation and the BC Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation. If you are not familiar with these legislations, you can find them on our website under the Menu for Burning and Permits where we have also provided simpler information that will prepare you for meeting the requirements of said legislation.
Under Burning Information, you will find Learn about Burning which describes the types of Open Burning. 5 Steps to Burning is a simple process to follow that will help you comply with the regulations of all three types of legislation.
Under Burning Safety and Health you will find the information necessary to make sure your fire is in the safest location by reading Setbacks and Fire Prevention. Preparation and Suppression tells you how to properly store your materials before burning, and what measures to take to supervise and extinguish your fire. Reducing Smoke provides a link to the environmental legislation and explains the health reasons for burning as cleanly as possible.