Township of Georgian Bay residents must have a burn permit for open air burning between January 1 and December 31. We allow daytime burning with a valid permit.

Get a burn permit

Fill out a burn permit at no cost online or in person at the Township office and all library branches Please complete a new burn permit application for each property.

Check the fire danger rating

Always check the current fire rating online or by calling 1-877-847-1577 before burning. This rating determines the relative seriousness of burning conditions and threat of fire.

Burn safely

Everyone needs to do their part to burn safely. Please follow these burning guidelines:

  • Review and abide by Burning By-law 2019-18.
  • Burn only class “A” combustible materials.
  • Don’t burn kitchen garbage, treated or painted lumber/construction materials or materials made/or containing rubber, plastic, tar, or other hazardous material.
  • Recreational/Campfires must be no greater than 1 cubic meters.
  • Non-Recreational/ Bonfire must be no greater than 2 cubic meters.
  • Fires must be under constant supervision and controlled at all times.
  • Daytime burning is permitted.
  • Do not burn on days where smoke will blow across roadways and hamper driving visibility.
  • Always have proper extinguishment tools on site.
  • If the Chief Fire Official, officer or a member of the fire department deems a fire to be in contravention of the burning by-law, the fire shall be extinguished.
  • The Chief Fire Official, or designate, or Municipal Law Enforcement Officer, has the right to revoke an issued permit upon receipt of any complaint or violation of any part of Burning By-law 2019-18.
  • The current Ministry of Transportation rate charged shall be a minimum of $543.03 per fire apparatus for every hour of part thereof that the fire department is on site.
  • NON RECREATIONAL FIRES (bonfires) and FIREWORKS, ARE NOT ALLOWED when the Fire Danger Rating is HIGH.
  • BURNING for any reason, including FIREWORKS, IS NOT ALLOWED when the Fire Danger Rating is EXTREME.

You are responsible for any fire you light! Failure to comply with our Burning By-law 2019-18 can result in charges and an invoice for all firefighting costs per the current Ministry of Transportation rates.

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