Incidental Outdoor Burning Permits

Burning permits are no longer available, as the spring burning season has 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

How can I obtain a burning permit?

Incidental Burning Permits are only available online during the spring and fall seasons, subject to approval by Metro Vancouver. Please continue to watch the website and our social media for updates.

How long will my burning permit be valid?
Burning season has ended. Incidental Burning Permits are only available online during the spring and fall burning seasons.
What can I burn?
  • branches
  • leaves
  • plants
  • tree trimmings
  • weeds

Incidental Outdoor Burning Permits are only available to properties 0.2 hectare (0.5 acre) and larger and in areas where surrounding properties are equal or greater in size than 0.2 hectare.

What items cannot be burned?

Prohibited materials include:

  • furniture or other finished goods
  • garbage of any kind
  • old buildings
  • sheds
  • barns
  • plastics
  • tires
  • insulation

What are some burning guidelines?

burning guidelines showing proper size

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


burning guidelines showing proper berth

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 guidelines showing proper distance from fences and properties

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


burning guidelines showing proper distance from trees

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.

How big can the fire be?

Clearance and Size Regulation:

  • Pile size maximum height: 1.2 metres (3 feet)
  • Pile size maximum length/width: 2 metres (6 feet)
  • Minimum 15 metres (50 feet) from structures and property lines

fire pile size mazimums

How do I know if my burning is safe?

  • 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.

Do I need to display my burning permit?

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, contact fireinfo@tol.ca.