Open Air Burning

Outdoor Burning is Prohibited

Outdoor burning is prohibited except for the following 2016 burning seasons:

February 15, 2016 – May 15, 2016
October 1 – October 31, 2016

Outdoor burning is prohibited in all residential zones. Fines of $250 or more may be levied under the fire regulation bylaw for outdoor burning in violation of these regulations.

In 2017, and future years, the burning season returns to normal (March 1 - April 30, October 1 to November 30).  Burning outside of those designated seasons is prohibited.

Burning restrictions do not apply to gas fueled appliances such as BBQ’s, or outdoor gas heaters. Certified gas fired outdoor fireplace appliances are permitted as long as all clearances are being met.

Open Air Burning Bylaw

Effective March 3, 2008 a new outdoor burning bylaw was approved by City Council. Some of the major changes from the previous bylaw are:

  • Land clearing burning has been eliminated.
  • Open air burning is reduced to 2 separate seasons per year (Apply online for your burning permit) (* See above for 2016 dates)
    • March & April
    • October & November
  • Burning is only permitted when the Environment Canada ventilation index is good or fair.  For the current venting index, contact the Bylaw Department at 604-793-2908.
  • Burning restrictions do not apply to gas fueled appliances such as BBQ’s or outdoor heaters.
  • Burning is only permitted between the hours of 7:00am and 10:00pm.
  • An adult must be present at all times during the burn.
  • Bylaw violations will result in fines ranging from $250 - $1000 per offence.

Additional information and requirements are available from the City of Chilliwack Bylaw Dept at 604.793.2908 or the Fire Dept at 604.792.8713. You can also review bylaw "Open Air Burning Regulation Bylaw No. 3511" in the bylaw section of the website.

The Ministry of Forests and Range and BC Parks also provide information related open air burning on provincial land:

Burning Permits On-Line

Apply for your burning permit online! Through our online system, your address will automatically determine if you are eligible for a permit in your area and only properties zoned for burning will be issued permits.

The spring burning season is March 1 - April 30 and the fall burning season is October 1 - November 30. Please visit or visit the Bylaw Department at City Hall to obtain your burning permit.

For additional information, please email or call the Bylaw Department at 604.793.2908 or the Fire Department at 604.792.8713.

City of Chilliwack - Open Air Burning
Issued: Monday May 30, 2016

It's not Burning Season!

Open air burning in 2016 will be limited to 2 separate seasons:
  • February 15, 2016 to May 15, 2016
  • October 1, 2016 to October 31, 2016
Chilliwack Weather Forecast from Environment Canada
Issued Monday May 30, 2016 at 11:00 PDT