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British Columbia, Canada

Burning Regulations

Only residents that have properties 1 hectare (2.5 acres) or greater are eligible to apply for an open  burning permit.

The regional Smoke Control Bylaw was enacted to reduce the emissions from open burning, campfires and wood burning appliances. It regulates when and how smoke from fires can be produced.

Burning periods are generally from: January 1st to April 30th and October 1st to December 31st.  HOWEVER, Fall 2017 Open Burning will be open after 5:00pm Friday, October 13, 2017.  

The Regional Air Quality Program is proposing new bylaws to reduce smoke in the Okanagan, which could see further restrictions imposed on open burning. It’s looking for input from those who obtain burning permits to help shape investments in programs and alternative options that prevent local air pollution. The results from this online survey will be included in a smoke reduction strategy proposal for consideration by the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

Have Your Say online and complete the survey before November 19, 2017.

  • Class 9 – Farm properties may also be permitted to burn from October 1 to April 30 with the purchase of an extended burn permit.
  • You are only allowed to burn if Environment Canada air quality and venting conditions are in the “Good” category. Call 1 855 262 2876 each day to confirm.
  • A burning permit costs $20, or $30 for an extended permit for agricultural properties, and can be purchased at the Municipal Hall, 10150 Bottom Wood Lake Road or at the Fire Administration Office, 10591 Okanagan Centre Road East.
  • All permitted burning materials shall originate from the parcel of land where the burn is taking place.  You are not allowed to burn garbage, compostable materials or prohibited materials.
  • No fire shall be larger than 2 metres in height and 3 metres in diameter.
  • Open burning by use of an incinerator, burning barrel, outdoor fireplace with a flue or similar device is not allowed.

More info on Air Quality and Permitted Outdoor Burning within the Central Okanagan Regional District.

Information on cutting Firewood for Personal Use in the Okanagan Shuswap Forest District

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