• Issued for a 2 year duration.
  • May be revoked or suspended for failure to comply with all requirements.
  • Anyone conducting a fire that requires a burn permit must call the burn information line at 1-855-874-4822 immediately prior to ignition to ensure that burn conditions are acceptable for that day.
Information contained herein is not exhaustive and subject to change without notice. In case of dispute between this information and Norfolk county Bylaw 2016.72 (or superseding bylaw), the bylaw shall be taken as correct.

RECREATIONAL


A recreational fire does not require a permit and is allowed provided that the fire meets all of the following provisions:

  1. That the fire is for the provision of warmth or recreation: the fire must not be used to burn waste: only clean, dry wood or charcoal may be burned.
  2. The fire is contained in an above ground fire grate, fireplace, fire bowl or other similar device, covered by a mesh screen, that is designed to burn wood safely and is 3 metres (10 feet) from any combustible building material, or partition, exterior window opening, overhead wire, exit access or exit, unless authorized by the Fire Chief or designate, or By-Law 2016-72 Page 5 of 9.
  3. The site of the fire is bare rock or other non-combustible material and is surrounded by a barrier of rocks, steel or similar non-combustible materials and is located 4 metres (13.1feet) from any combustible building material, or partition, exterior window opening, overhead wire, exit access or exit unless authorized by the Fire Chief or designate.
  4. All recreation fires must be limited in size to 66cm (26 inches) in any direction.
  5. The fire shall only be conducted between the hours of sunrise and 12:00 am.

NON-RECREATIONAL


A burn permit is required if you want to burn leaves, tree clippings or other similar materials as outlined in schedule A of this bylaw. A burn permit issued under this section shall require compliance with all applicable provisions of this bylaw and any additional restrictions deemed necessary to protect the health and safety of the public.

  1. The size of any pile of materials to be burned cannot exceed 9 square metres (96.84 square feet) in area and 2 metres (78.75 inches) in height unless specifically approved under application of a burn safety plan.
  2. Fires shall be located at least 30 metres (98.43 feet) away from any building, combustible structure, combustible vegetation, accumulation of combustible materials, or as measured on the ground horizontally from any overhead wires carrying electricity and property lines. In any case, longer distances may be required if, in the opinion of a municipal law enforcement officer, the material burned will emit sparks and embers in a manner that could create a fire hazard.

FARMING OPERATIONS


  1. If the Normal Farm Practices Protection Board deems that specific provisions of this By-Law interfere with what it considers “normal farm practices” for a farming operation, such provisions will be deemed to be ultra-vires.
  2. Materials to be burned must not exceed 53 square metres (570 square feet) in area and 2 metres (6.5 feet) in height without an approved burn safety plan, and with the safety plan, the materials to be burned shall not exceed 200 square metres (2153 square feet) in area and 5 metres (16.4 feet) in height.
  3. More than one fire is permitted at the same time provided that an approved burn safety plan is completed.
  4. Fires shall be located at least 30 metres (98.43 feet) away from any building, combustible structure, combustible vegetation, accumulation of combustible materials, property lines or as measured on the ground horizontally from any overhead wires carrying electricity. In any case, longer distances may be required if, in the opinion of a municipal law enforcement officer, the material burned will emit sparks and embers in a manner that could create a fire hazard.
  5. Clearance from structures, abutting land/crOps may be reduced if the size of the fire is also reduced or an approved burn safety plan is completed.
  6. Fires may be allowed to continue to burn through the night provided that an approved burn safety plan is completed and that at one hour before sunset each day, no more material is added to the fire. The fire must be controlled in such a way that the flames, smoke and embers will not pose a risk to or have an adverse effect on neighbouring
    properties before it is left unattended.
  7. In all cases, materials being burned are restricted to those listed in Schedule A of this By-Law unless written permission is granted from the appropriate authority having jurisdiction.
  8. Open air fires are not permitted when gusting or sustained wind speeds exceed 30 kilometers per hour (18.64 miles per hour) unless approved by the Fire Chief or designate.

ALL FIRES IN NORFOLK COUNTY MUST BE ATTENDED BY A RESPONSIBLE PERSON (18+) AT ALL TIMES AND HAVE MEANS OF EXTINGUISHMENT AVAILABLE.

DIAL 9-1-1 FOR ALL EMERGENCIES