Open Air Fire (By-law No. 2004-163)

The Open Air Fire By-law (By-law No. 2004-163) regulates conditions under which fires may be set in the open air. The boundaries for where open air fires are permitted are listed in Schedules A through P in the by-law.


  • No person should maintain an open fire without first having obtained the necessary permit from the Fire Chief. Any person eighteen (18) years of age or older may make a written application for an open air fire permit to the Fire Chief prior to the proposed date of the first open air fire.
  • Outdoor fireplaces are not permitted in urban areas.
  • In an area where burning is not permitted in accordance with the by-law (eg. urban, most suburban areas), wood or wood products may not be burned in an outdoor chiminea.
  • Outdoor fireplaces must be located a minimum distance of five metres (5m) from any building, hedge, fence, overhead wiring or other combustible material or a highway and must be equipped with a spark arrester.

View the entire by-law:

Open Air Fire By-law (By-law No. 2004-163)

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