Incidental Outdoor Burning Permits

Burning permits are no longer available, as the Spring Burning Season has now ended. Residents are reminded that if you see smoke or fire including backyard burning to note the location as best as you can and report it by calling 911.

Frequently Asked Questions

Incidental Burning Permits are only available online during the spring and fall burning season at, subject to approval by Metro Vancouver and governing agencies.
Burning Season has now ended. Incidental Burning Permits are only available online during the spring and fall burning season.
  • branches
  • leaves
  • plants
  • tree trimmings
  • weeds

Incidental Outdoor Burning Permits are only available to properties .2 ha (.5 ac) and larger and in areas where surrounding properties are equal or greater in size than .2 ha.

Prohibited materials include:
  • furniture or other finished goods
  • garbage of any kind
  • old buildings
  • sheds
  • barns
  • plastics
  • tires
  • insulation
Burning Tip 1

Make the pile wide and long rather than high. This will spread the heat and be safer.

Burning Tip 2

Live power lines require a wide berth. Consider the radiant heat and smoke the burn will generate. Smoke and ash can cause power lines to arc, and the heat will damage the lines.

Burning Tip 3

Stay away from fences and property boundaries. Consider local residents. Maintain a clear area between piles and any other combustible materials.

Burning Tip 4

Try to choose a space with open canopy away from the base of trees. Wait until the piles have been burned or removed before planting.

Clearance and Size Regulation:
  • Pile size maximum height: 1.2 m (3 ft).
  • Pile size maximum length/width: 2 m (6 ft)
  • Minimum 15 m (50 ft) from structures and property lines
Fire Size
  • Before lighting the pile, ensure suitable tools (rakes and shovels) are handy to conduct the burn and control any possible spot fires.
  • Accelerants (such as gasoline) must never be used in/on the pile.
  • Ensure there is a sufficient water supply to extinguish the burn; have a hose with appropriate length and water pressure to reach around the pile.
  • Ensure protective clothing is worn.
  • Constantly supervise the burn to ensure there are no flare-ups in surrounding vegetation.
  • Completely extinguish the pile immediately after the burn is finished. Spread burned material after the burn to quickly extinguish smouldering material.
Your valid burning permit must be kept on site and accessible to Fire Department personnel while burning is taking place (either on your phone, or printed).

If you have further questions, please contact