Outdoor burning restrictions

To protect air quality and prevent the spread of fire, open fires are not allowed in the District.

This includes fires on the ground — such as campfires — as well as fires in containers, even those containers commonly sold in local stores.

Open fires may be allowed with a special occasion permit from the Fire Chief, under the condition that these fires do not cause nuisance with smoke or fumes. All specially permitted fires must be under constant supervision with fire extinguisher on site.

At times, often during particularly warm or dry summer months, a complete ban on all outdoor fires may be required, including charcoal, gas, and propane devices in parks. Temporary signs will be posted in all DNV parks when complete or partial bans are in place.

Outdoor burning rules

Here are the fires you can and can't have:

These fires are permitted 

  • burner (natural gas or propane)
  • outdoor gas fire bowl
  • gas barbecue
  • charcoal barbecue (currently not permitted in parks or beaches due to dry conditions)
  • patio heater (natural gas or propane)

These open fires are not permitted (minimum $400 fine)

  • beach/park fire *
  • fire pit
  • outdoor pizza oven *
  • chiminea
  • outdoor fire place
  • fire bowl/yard campfire

* unless by permit

Learn more and apply for a permit

To learn more about outdoor burning rules in the District, and get an application form for a permit, review the complete Fire Bylaw (Bylaw #7481).

Download the Fire Bylaw



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