Burning Permits

 Burning season is now over. The next burning season will occur in the spring of 2020. Outdoor burning is not permitted. The Township of Langley burning regulations (31, section 2.69.00) do not allow any type of outdoor cooking over wood fires. Outdoor cooking is permitted only over charcoal, natural gas, or propane fires contained within Canadian Standards Association-approved appliances for the sole purpose of cooking food.

  • If you are not the registered owner, a Registered Owner Authorization Form  is required in order to obtain a burning permit.
  • If a property is registered to a corporation, in order to save time when applying for a burning permit, please bring in (if available) a current copy of the Registered Company Summary identifying all directors.
    • The person applying for the burning permit must be named on the Registered Company Summary.

For the safety of our community, open air burning is prohibited year-round in the Township of Langley, unless a permit is obtained. These permits are issued each spring and fall, weather permitting, to give residents in rural areas the opportunity to dispose of yard and garden vegetation or to clear land.

Burning is not allowed and permits will not be issued for the urban areas of:

  • Aldergrove
  • Brookswood
  • Fort Langley
  • Murrayville
  • Walnut Grove
  • Willoughby

How to obtain a burning permit

Select burning permit

  • A valid permit must be obtained before any fires can be started.
  • The property on which the burning will occur is a minimum 0.2 hectare (0.5 acres) in size in areas where surrounding properties are equal or greater in size than 0.2 hectares.
  • The material to be burned is indigenous to the property, including piled brush, slash, grass, or other organic or agricultural material originating from that property and excluding dimensional lumber, construction waste, plastic, waste materials, or garbage.
  • A minimum clearance of 15 m or 50 ft. clearance will be provided between the fire and all structures and property lines.
  • Indigenous material to be burned is piled by hand and does not exceed 5 cubic meters (2 m x 2 m x 1.2 m or 6 ft. x 6 ft. x 3 ft.) at any time during the fire.
  • The fire is required to be extinguished by dusk.
  • The process for Land Clearing Burning Permits has changed. For more information please call 604-532-7500.
  • A valid permit must be obtained before any fires can be started
  • Permits are not available to properties less than 1.7 hectare (4.2 acres) in size.
  • Applicants must meet the Metro Vancouver and Waste Management prerequisites of clearances, time limits, and recycling.
  • Fires may have to be accelerated by the use of forced air techniques.
  • Land Clearing Burning Permits will be site specific of short duration.
  • Available only at Fire Hall 6 - Murrayville
  • An inspection is required prior to issuance. For more information, call 604-532-7500.
  • To obtain a Land clearing permit from the Township of Langley, you must first obtain a permit from Metro Vancouver as per Air Quality Management Bylaw 1082, 2008.

Are you the registered owner of the property?

Photo ID is required to provide identification while purchasing a permit, please make sure you have it with you when attending one of the below locations.

Are you not the registered owner of the property?

Written authorization from the registered owner(s) of the property is required in order to obtain a burning permit. Complete the Registered Owner Authorization Form   prior to attending one of the locations listed above to obtain a Burning Permit.

  • A letter from the registered owner(s) authorizing the applicant to purchase the burning permit is permitted if owner is not available to complete the Registered Owner Authorization Form
  • A Registered Owner Authorization Form  is also required for a spouse who is not on the title of the property and does not have the same last name
    • If a spouse has the same last name, a valid driver’s licence with the address of the fire location is acceptable
  • A new Registered Owner Authorization Form  is required each burning season, as previous forms are not kept on file