Open Air Burning Most Frequently Asked Questions
When do you require an open air burn permit?
The only time an approved open air burn permit is not required is when the open burn is a fire pit and meets the by-law size and distance requirements or is a barbeque.
What restrictions are there for getting an open air burning permit?
A permit will only be issued for someone that has a rural 911 address (green number sign). No permits will be issued for urban areas. The product being burned must be part of normal farm practice (burning of diseased trees, clearing of ditch banks, fence rows, etc.).
How can I apply for an open air burning permit?
An open air burning application can be found:
- at Open Burn Application (please link to http://www.ckfire.com/pdfs/
- at any of the Municipal Help Centres across the Municipality.
An application is to be completed and submitted to your Station Chief. At least seven days are required to obtain approval. All open air burning permits must be approved by a fire official.
Are burn barrels allowed and do we need a permit for them?
Burn barrels are not allowed at any time. Chatham-Kent’s by-law does not address burn barrels. There is a regulation in the Ontario Fire Code that does not allow them in the province of Ontario.
Can I have a fire pit in my back yard?
Yes, if it can meet the distance restrictions in the by-law. The fire pit can be no closer than 25 feet to combustibles and property lines. See the by-law for size and all the regulations.
More helpful information:
Open Burn By-Law (please link to http://ckfire.com/pdfs/burn.
Complete list of Questions and Answers (please link to http://ckfire.com/ck-fire/