What you need to know if you are planning a backyard fire in Barrie.
Thinking of having a backyard fire? The City offers two types of permit for outdoor burning. The by-laws, described below, provide rules and guidelines to ensure residents' safety. Permits are for recreational purposes only.
Outdoor Solid Fuel-Burning Appliances (OSFBA)
Outdoor burning must be done in an approved OSFBA and requires a permit. For property owners, permits are available online and at BFES Headquarters, 155 Dunlop Street West (Monday to Friday, 8:30am–4:30pm), at a cost of $22. Permits are issued per calendar year and expire on December 31 of each year.
Residents need to meet the requirements in the OSFBA By-law and obtain a $22 permit. If we receive a complaint, fire crews will respond and ask that the fire be extinguished (even with a permit). On second complaint we will issue a provincial offense notice and a fine of $305.00.
- An approved OSFBA is designed to use solid fuel, is made of noncombustible materials, is enclosed on all sides, has a spark arresting device for all vents and chimneys.
- Fire must be kept to a minimum: 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 8am to midnight.
- Burn dry, clean wood only. Burning of yard waste is NOT allowed.
- Do not burn when wind speed is greater than 20 km/h, rain or fog is present or when a burn ban is in place.
The outdoor fuel burning appliance by-law is enforced with zero tolerance, meaning all fires in outdoor solid fuel burning appliances will be ordered extinguished upon complaint. A second complaint for the same address within a 24-hour period may result in a fine of $305.00.
Open Air Burning
Residents must meet the requirements in the Open Air burning By-law in order to obtain a permit. The intent of “open air” burning is for recreational purposes only. Open air burning permits are issued per day. The current permit fee is $30.70. Please remember:
- The Fire must not be larger than 1 cubic meter in size.
- The Fire must be kept at least 15 metres from any dwelling, structure or other combustible material.
- The Fire is only permitted to burn during daylight hours.
- Burn dry, clean wood only. Burning of yard waste is NOT allowed
- Do not burn when wind speed in greater than 20 km/h, rain or fog is present or when a burn ban is in place.