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Outdoor Burning

Outdoor Burning

Current Conditions

  • Burning Season Closed (outdoor appliances permitted) – reopens November 7, 2019
  • Burning Permits – Please note that burning permits for the 2019-2020 burning season will be available on or after October 16, 2019. Please contact the Fire Department for information.
  • Current Fire Danger Rating: LOW

Outdoor Burning Information

We limit outdoor burning in North Saanich for a few reasons:

  • To reduce fire risk
  • To preserve air quality
  • To protect our environment

All Halloween bonfires and fireworks require a permit from the Fire Department

Not allowed:

  • Beach fires
  • Unpermitted open fires

Allowed:

  • Permitted outdoor open burning
  • Outdoor wood burning fire appliances are approved when used specifically for cooking and quiet enjoyment, not burning yard or household debris (until the provincial fire ban is in effect)
  • Propane, natural gas or charcoal briquette fueled appliances designed and used for cooking food (no permits required)
  • Propane or natural gas fueled appliances specifically designed as outdoor heaters, provided the appliance is CSA (Canadian Standards Association) certified (no permits required)

Dean Park Outdoor Burning Restriction

No burning is allowed in the Dean Park area located west of East Saanich Road, south of Forest Park Drive (both sides, including Texada Terrace) to the southern border of the District with the exception of outdoor appliances.

Special permit burning

We may issue a Special Open Air Burning Permit to allow for Halloween, Ceremonies, Education and other occasions at the discretion of the Fire Department.

You can get burning permits here:

North Saanich Fire Hall #1, 986 Wain Road
Mon-Fri 8am-4pm

Voluntary No Burning Days

The Ministry of Environment posts air quality information every day. If there is a poor venting index, please voluntarily curtail your outdoor burning.

Burning information and resources:

Bylaw references:

If you have any questions regarding outdoor burning, please visit or contact the Fire Hall.

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