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Burning bans and permits

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).


Restrictions in the urban core

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.

Front-loading self-contained fireplaces (chimeneas)

chiminea

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.


Step 1- Do I need a permit?

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 To PDF Acrobat Tips 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.

Bayside
Beaver Bank/Kinsac
Brookside
Big Lake
Black Point
Blind Bay
Boutiliers Point
Cooks Brook
Dutch Settlement
East Dover
French Village
Glen Haven
Glen Margaret
Goodwood
Hacketts Cove
Hatchet Lake

Head of St.Margaret’s Bay
Hubbards
Hubley
Lower Prospect
Ingramport
Lewis Lake
Lower Tantallon
McGrath’s Cove
Meagher’s Grant
Middle Musquodoboit
Moser River
Mooseland
Mushaboom
Musquodoboit Harbour
Ostrea Lake
Otter Lake

Oyster Pond
Peggy’s Cove
Prospect
Prospect Bay
Queensland
Upper Musquodoboit
Seabright
Shad Bay
Sheet Harbour
Tangier
Terence Bay
Three Harbours/
Port Dufferin
Upper Tantallon
West Dover
White’s Lake

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.

Step 2 - Check for Burning Bans

Step 3 - Get your Permit

Burning permit To PDF Acrobat Tips

Campfire permitTo PDF Acrobat Tips

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.