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Open Air Burning

Notice: To reduce the negative health impacts from particulate matter during the COVID-19 pandemic, City Council has shortened the Fall 2020 burning season to October 20 - November 20, 2020. Burning Permits are required and burning may only occur on days with a "good" ventilation index. 

Outdoor Burning

Please contact the Fire Department at 604.792.8713 to report violations. 

After hours, or in case of a fire emergency, please call 9-1-1.

Outdoor burning is prohibited except for the following 2020 burning seasons:

March 1, 2020 – March 26, 2020
October 20, 2020 – November 20, 2020

Outdoor burning is only permitted in agricultural zones during approved burning seasons. Fines of $250 or more may be levied under the fire regulation bylaw for outdoor burning in violation of these regulations. If you aren't sure if you have the proper zoning, please confirm with the Bylaw Department at 604.793.2908.

Burning outside of those designated seasons is prohibited. 

Additional provincial restrictions apply to burning material 10cm (4") in diameter or larger.

Burning restrictions do not apply to gas fueled appliances such as BBQ’s, or outdoor gas heaters. Certified gas fired outdoor fireplace appliances are permitted as long as all clearances are being met.

Open Air Burning Bylaw

Key components of the City's Open Air Burning Regulation Bylaw include:

  • Land clearing burning is prohibited.
  • Open air burning is limited to 2 separate seasons per year (Apply online for your burning permit)
    • March 1 to April 30 (March 1 - March 26 in 2020)
    • October 1 to November 30 (October 20 - November 20 in 2020)
  • Burning is only permitted when the Environment Canada ventilation index is good.  The current ventilation index is posted at the bottom of this webpage during the burning season.
  • Burning pile size restrictions and minimum setbacks apply. 
  • Burning is only permitted between the hours of 7:00am and 10:00pm.
  • An adult must be present at all times during the burn.
  • Burning restrictions do not apply to gas fueled appliances such as BBQ’s or outdoor heaters.
  • Bylaw violations will result in fines ranging from $250 - $1000 per offence.

Additional information and requirements are available from the City of Chilliwack Fire Dept at 604.792.8713. You can also review bylaw "Open Air Burning Regulation Bylaw No. 3511" in the bylaw section of the website.

For information on alternatives to burning:

Provincial Requirements & Best Practices

In addition to the City’s Bylaw requirements, there are new, stricter provincial requirements that apply if you are burning material 10cm (4") in diameter or larger.  These include requiring larger setbacks from residences, schools and other buildings, etc. Please visit the BC Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation website for details.

Please also review the Ministry of Agriculture’s Open Burning Practices webpage for additional guidance on how to minimize smoke production while burning.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development and BC Parks also provide information related open air burning on provincial land:

Burning Permits Online

Apply for your burning permit online! Through our online system, your address will automatically determine if you are eligible for a permit in your area and only properties zoned for burning will be issued permits.

The spring burning season is March 1 - April 30 (March 1 - March 26 in 2020) and the fall burning season is October 1 - November 30 (October 20 - November 20 in 2020). Please visit or visit the front ticket window at City Hall to obtain your burning permit. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage everyone who can to apply for their permits online rather than in-person.

For additional information about applying for a burning permit, please call the Bylaw Department at 604.793.2908.

For any other burning season information or restrictions, please call the Fire Department at 604.792.8713.

City of Chilliwack - Open Air Burning
Issued: Monday Jan 18, 2021

Burning is NOT permitted today.

Open air burning is reduced to 2 separate seasons per year:
  • March & April (March 1 - March 26 in 2020)
  • October & November (October 20 - November 20 in 2020)
Chilliwack Weather Forecast from Environment Canada
Issued 10:00 PM Monday January 18, 2021
Description Date File Size 
2020 Open Air Burning FAQs 2020-05-01 456KB 
BC Press Release - Open Burning Restrictions - March 26 2020 2020-03-26 1.57MB 
Quick Facts 2020-10-09 574KB