Municipal bylaws prohibit burning between midnight and 2 p.m. during the burn season (March 15 - Oct. 15). The provincial government's burning restrictions website is updated daily at 2 p.m. to confirm which category of burning the Department of Natural Resources has implemented for the Halifax region.Visit: http://novascotia.ca/natr/forestprotection/wildfire/burnsafe/
In the majority of cases, Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency will mirror the level of restriction on open-air burning declared by the province. While the municipality can never assert a level of restriction lower than what the province has declared, the fire service has the ability to be more restrictive than the province if it’s warranted.
If the fire service declares a higher level of restriction than the province the public will be informed via a public service announcement (which can be found in the Media Room, on the Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency website and through social media updates on the Fire Twitter feed (@hfxfire).
There is one other difference between the provincial and municipal regulations. The province allows burning overnight until 8 a.m. However, the municipal bylaw requires that burning in the municipality ends at midnight.
Burning permits are required in some areas of Halifax for outdoor fires (open air burning). Remember, you can recycle leaves, small twigs, and garden cleanup in your compost or green bin. You can also review the bylaw to familiarize yourself with the laws around burning on your property.
Burning is prohibited in a Permit Required Zone from March 15 – Oct. 15 (see below to find out if you live in a Permit Required Zone).
Outdoor open-air burning (i.e. a campfire, brush burning or bonfire) is prohibited year-round on some properties in the municipality. This is due to the proximity of homes in a neighbourhood.
Open fires cannot take place if the proposed fire would be within 23 metres (75 feet) of any dwelling or accessory building.
Outdoor burning appliances, such as chimeneas, can be used in the municipality under the following conditions:
• The outdoor burning appliance is a minimum of 4.75 metres (15 feet) from any dwelling or accessory building
• You follow the manufacturer’s instructions
• The outdoor burning appliance is not placed on a wooden deck or combustible platform
• The opening to the outdoor burning appliance is no larger than 9.65 mm (3/8”) and has a shield to prevent sparks from flying
• You use dry seasoned wood only
• You have just one outdoor burning appliance on your property at any given time
Outdoor burning appliances cannot be used at any time if there is a complete burning ban in place for the municipality.
Some communities in Halifax require you to fill out a burning permit before burning on your property. Halifax Regional Municipality's Administrative Order Number 33 Respecting Open Air Burning defines the No Permit Required Zone as locations NOT serviced with municipal water or sewer.
|The following are some of the communities that do not require a burning permit.|
|Head of St.Margaret’s Bay
Regardless of whether you plan to burn in a Permit Required/No Permit Required Zone, you must adhere to the rules and regulations outlined in the burning permit.
Please print, fill out your permit and have it with you while your fire is burning.
Exceptions and other considerations
There are some exceptions for outdoor wood burning appliances and campfires in a public/private campground. There are also additional laws and requirements for industrial burning. Reference the bylaw for more information.
Please note – Residents now only need a municipal burning permit, not a provincial permit.