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Burn permits

Burn permits

Burn Permits are issued under the Open Air Fire By-law No. 2004-163, which regulates the conditions under which fires may be set in the open air.

What does the by-law say?

  • An "Open air fire" involves the burning of material such as wood, tree limbs and branches where the flame is not totally contained and includes campfires, brush fires, burn drums, windrows and outdoor fireplaces, but does not include barbeques.
  • You must purchase a permit to set or maintain an open air fire. There are four types of permits: annual, annual agricultural, annual restricted and specific event.
  • Each permit has specific rules and regulations that the permit holder must follow.
  • Open air fires are not permitted in the City of Ottawa except in areas as outlined in the by-law, mostly rural areas. Please refer to the Open Air Fire By-law for specific areas and regulations.
  • Open air fire also refers to backyard fire pits, fire places and chimineas.
  • Grass, leaves, garbage, pressure treated or creosote treated wood, or any combustibles that produce toxic fumes other than those produced by the burning of wood, tree limbs or branches may not be burned.
  • Ottawa Fire Services has the power to enact a fire ban. Fire Services staff , Police or By-law Enforcement staff may ask that you extinguish your fire when a fire ban is in effect or if you are not complying with the regulations in the by-law. Charges under the by-law may also result.