Open Air Burning Permits

Open Air Burning Permits

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Fire Administration Office
Fire & Rescue Department
250 Queen Street W, Fergus, ON
N1M 1S8
Phone: 519.846.9691 x210
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​The Centre Wellington Fire & Rescue Department would like to remind everyone that a Fire Permit is required for ALL open air burning within the Township.

Whether you are having a small backyard fire or clearing your property of brush, a permit is required.

Standard Open Air Burn permits for campfires, outdoor style fireplaces such as fire bowls and chimineas or a small brush pile are $26/yr and valid for the calendar year. (January 1 – December 31)

All Open Air Burning Permits purchased after December 1st will be valid for the following year. 

Any variance to the Standard Open Air Burn permit must be approved and will require an inspection of the site. A fee of $40 is applicable.

FAQ's about Fire Permits

When/where can I get a permit?

Do I have to own the property?

Yes. If you do not own the property, you must obtain written permission from the property owner each year.

What can I burn?

Only clean wood, such as small logs and twigs may be burned.

Please do not burn:

  • Garbage,
  • Grass
  • Pressure treated wood
  • Leaves
  • Papers
  • Screws
  • Other metal
  • Plastic
  • Accelerant (i.e. gasoline, lighter fluid)

When can I burn?

Burning is recommended between the hours of 7:00 pm and 12:00 Midnight. For Urban residential areas, it is recommended that you limit burning to weekends.

Burning is not to take place on Smog Alert days or when winds will cause smoke to be a safety hazard or an annoyance to nearby properties or roadways.

What happens if my neighbour complains?

Burning in built-up areas is a privilege. Please respect your neighbours and follow all guidelines and recommendations noted on your permit.

If your neighbour has a complaint (i.e. smoke blowing in through windows, health concerns, etc.) we ask that you please be courteous and put out the fire. Should a complaint come in to the Fire Department we will investigate, and if it is deemed necessary we will revoke the permit.

Reminder: Failure to comply with any requirements may lead to charges.