The City of Barrie considers chimineas, or fireplaces used outdoors, to be Outdoor Solid Fuel Burning Appliances (OSFBAs). The Outdoor Solid Fuel Burning Appliances By-law was passed in 2007 to ensure fire safety and well being, as well as educating residents of requirements and their responsibilities. It is not to be confused with the Open Air Burning By-law for fire pits (and containers not under the OSFBA category), which require a permit every time you plan to burn.
Since 2007, Barrie Fire and Emergency Service have issued approximately 3,500 permits annually and the total number of fire-related incidents has decreased.
The cost of the yearly OSFBA permit is going up to $22 on May 1st, 2015. Until then, permits will still be sold at the current price of $10 and are valid until December 31st. They are available for purchase at www.barrie.ca/OnlineServices as well as at the Barrie Fire and Emergency Service headquarters, 155 Dunlop Street West.
Things you should remember before using your OSFBA:
The permit only applies to the use of an approved OSFBA;
An approved OSFBA is designed to use solid fuel, is made of noncombustible material, is enclosed on all sides, and has a spark arresting device for all vents and chimneys;
Tenants require the owner's permission to obtain a permit. Tenants must apply in person at 155 Dunlop Street West with the owner's permission in writing (email/letter) to obtain a permit;
The fire must be kept to a minimum of 4m from any dwelling or structure, 2m from any combustible materials, 5m from the forest or woodland, 3m from overhanging vegetation;
Burning is only allowed from 8:00am until midnight;
Burn dry and clean wood only; Do not burn when wind speed is more than 20km/hr, rain or fog is present, or when a burn ban is in place;
Should a ban come into effect, the City will post to www.barrie.ca/BFES, Twitter, and Facebook, and notify local media;
If fire crews are called to your home on an outdoor burning complaint, you will be asked to extinguish the fire (even with a permit). If within 24 hours crews are called to a second complaint for outdoor burning, you will be asked to extinguish the fire and a provincial offense notice with a $305 fine will be issued. It is the responsibility of the resident to ensure that the OSFBA by-law requirements are met;
If you have a permit but do not meet the guidelines outlined in the by-law you will be fined $305.