Recreational Open Air Burning Permit Process

If you are interested in obtaining a Residential Open Air Burning permit these are the steps to follow after reviewing the Recreational Open Air Burning By-law found in the By-law section under the Town Hall tab on this web page::

If you are a home owner:

  1. Call the fire department, 613-432-2811, to arrange a mutually agreeable time, during office hours (Monday to Friday 8:00 am until 4:00 pm), when the Fire Chief or Designate will come to your house.
  2. On the scheduled day, the Fire Department representative will attend the address and confirm that the appliance/structure and surrounding (minimum set back from structures and flammable material) are in compliance with the requirements of By-law 29-2017.
  3. The Fire Department representative will provide a signed letter to the applicant that the inspection, on that date, found all requirements of the by-law were satisfied.  You can then take that letter to Town hall, within 5 calendar day to purchase your annual permit
  4. When you pay the $100.00 annual fee you will be given a numbered permit that you must keep together with the letter issued by the Fire Department. If the Fire Department is called to you house you must have the permit and letter available to present to the Crew.

Note :  If you are a tenant or renter, the registered home owner must provide a letter to the Fire Department identifying their knowledge of and support for the Permit application.

The annual permit will expire on December 31 of each year. The issuance of a permit does not negate the potential that applicants may be visited by the Fire Department when a complaint is received, nor will it prevent the Fire Department from directing the permit holder to extinguish any fire that violates the Environmental Protection Act of Ontario.

While burning, it is your obligation to ensure that smoke does not interfere with the ability of your neighbours to enjoy their properties or conduct their business without disruption. Watch where your smoke travels and do not burn when there are smog alerts, foggy conditions or wind that will carry your smoke in a direction that will disrupt adjacent roadways or properties.

As identified within the By-law if conditions become dangerous, through extreme dryness or high winds, the Fire Chief may issue a Burning Ban for the Town. If there is a ban issued by a higher level of government that affects the Town of Renfrew, (the county of Renfrew or MNRF) such a ban will result in the Fire Chief issuing a local ban. These bans will also include permit holders, prohibiting them from burning.