Town Regulations Re: Fire Pits

Fire Pits / Open Air Fires

“ACCEPTABLE FIRE PIT” means an outdoor receptacle that meets the following specifications:

  • a minimum of 3.7 meters (12 feet) clearance measured from the nearest fireplace edge is maintained from buildings, property lines, or other combustible material
  • the fireplace is constructed of materials that are heat and flame resistant
  • the fireplace is equipped with a secured chimney that is not more than 2.5 meters (8 feet) in height when measured from the base of the burning area
  • the fireplace chimney is equipped with a regulation screen no larger than 1.25 cm (0.5 inches) and constructed of expanded metal (or equivalent non-combustible materials) and is designed to contain and reduce the hazards of airborne sparks; if no chimney is used the same regulation screen is required
  • the base of the fire burning area is not less than 0.3 meters (12 inches) above the surrounding grade;
  • the base of the fire burning appliance shall be placed upon a non-combustible surface such as earth, concrete, metal or other non-combustible materials
  • outdoor solid fuel appliances shall be located on a flat, level and non-combustible base clear of overhangs such as roofs, tree branches and utility wires
  • burning receptacles shall be separated from grass and other vegetation by a distance of at least 40 cm(16 inches) by means of earth, sand gravel or other non-combustible medium

Cut, seasoned wood, charcoal, or commercially approved fire logs may be burned in an open fire.  Rubbish, garden refuse, lawn clippings or leaves, manure, livestock or animal carcasses, and any material classified as a dangerous good, or any material which, when burned, will generate black smoke or an offensive odor is strictly prohibited 

Fires may not be left unsupervised at any time and the person lighting the fire is responsible for any damages that might result from the lighting of the fire.

Fires shall not be set in windy conditions conducive to creating a running fore or a nuisance to another person.

If smoke from a fire causes an unreasonable interference with the use and enjoyment of another person’s property, the fire shall be extinguished immediately.

Fires shall be contained to a reasonable size so that the fire, or any embers, sparks or smoke emanating from them does not endanger any person or property or cause any objectionable effect on nearby property.

The Fire Chief, his designate or RCMP may direct that a fire in a fire pit be extinguished, or may extinguish a fire that in his opinion is a nuisance or a threat to public safety.

To view the entire Open Air Fires By-Law 2514, visit