Burning Regulations

Burning Guidelines:

Open burning is allowed between October 1st and May 31st only (unless otherwise posted).  Please check the venting index for good burning days

Burning is permitted from 6am to 6pm only.  Fires must be completely extinguished by 6pm - no smoke/no flame.

Residential Open Burning - WHEN ALLOWED

  • No permit required
  • No larger than 6’ in diameter & height
  • May only burn dry leaves and yard waste - no construction waste or household garbage
  • Must have a hose or other reasonable means to control the fire
  • Must be 20' away from any structure
  • Must be 20' away from trees, fence or shrubs
  • Must be fully extinguished by 6 pm (no smoke from smoldering embers)
  • Limited to three times per week
  • Smoldering causes lingering smoke which is the primary complaint we receive
  • Only natural yard debris can be burned – no construction waste or household garbage
  • While burning is in progress, adult supervision must be present at the burn site
  • Burning shall not be conducted during high wind conditions
  • Burning which permits smoke to obscure any public roadway is prohibited

 Camp Fires - WHEN ALLOWED

  •   No permit required
  •   Fires must be not larger than 2’ in diameter
  •   Campfires must be in a designated fire pit or approved commercial appliance
  •   May only burn clean dry wood
  •   Must be 20 feet away from any structure
  •   Must be 30 feet away from trees, fence or logs
  •   Must have a bucket or hose for water
  •   Must be fully extinguished by midnight

BEACH FIRE ARE PROHIBITED WITHIN THE DISTRICT OF METCHOSIN - Propane Fire Pits are Allowed

ALL FIREWORKS ARE BANNED WITHIN THE DISTRICT OF METCHOSIN - Except on October 31 & December 31 (permit required)

Class 'A' Fires - Land Clearing Burns   -  WHEN ALLOWED

  •   Must comply with the BC Environment Management Act and Open Burning Smoke Control Regulations
  •   Written permit required from the Metchosin Fire Department, must have a copy on site
  •   Venting index must be “good” on the day you start the burn and “fair” or better on the day after the scheduled burn
  •   May burn a maximum of four times a year per parcel
  •   Maximum 3 consecutive days of burning
  •   Must be a minimum of 15 days between permits 
  •   Must have a machine at the burn site
  •   Permits issued at the discretion of the Fire Chief or designate - and can be recalled at any time

VENTING INDEX: 1-888-281-2992

ONLY DRY LEAVES, TREE TRIMMINGS & RESIDENTIAL YARD DEBRIS ARE ACCEPTABLE BURNING MATERIALS.

THE BURNING OF ANY CONSTRUCTION WASTE, DEMOLITION DEBRIS, GARBAGE, FOOD OR HOUSEHOLD WASTE, PLASTIC, RUBBER, ASPHALT SHINGLES, OR OTHER SIMILAR MATERIAL IS PROHIBITED.

Additional Regulations that apply to all burning

  • A responsible person must be in constant supervision of the fire
  • Water source must be available at all times