Burn Bans, Permits and Open Air Burning

**Partial Burn Ban Lifted for Greater Napanee Effective Saturday, May 15, 2021**

Burn Permits are now available online! Obtain your burn permit online through our website:

Obtain a Burn Permit

**Please note that Burn Permits are now $15.00.**

Burn permits can still be obtained in person at the Emergency Services Headquarters located at 66 Advance Ave. Napanee, between 7:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

Burning is currently permitted in accordance with the Open Air Burning By-Law.

Burn Permit Information
  • Residents require a burn permit for all open-air fires. Burn permits are valid for 12 months from the date of issue. The fee to obtain a burn permit is $15.00.
  • Permit holders must call the Emergency Services Department before all fires to see if a burn ban is in effect, or check the Town's website.

Fire Risk Levels:

Low 
Fires do not readily start and fires that do start spread slowly with low resistance to control. There is little danger of fire spotting (embers being carried by the wind that could start new fires). 
Moderate 
Fire can start by most accidental causes, but the number of fires being started is generally low. Fires burn at moderate intensities.  
High 
Fires start easily from most causes. Unattended brush fires and campfires are likely to escape. Fire spreads rapidly and short-distance fire spotting is common. 
Very High 
Fires starts readily and spread quickly. Spot fires are a constant danger and fire behaviour is often erratic.
Extreme 
Fires start and spread quickly and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious or disastrous.  
Campfire/Outdoor Fireplace
A "campfire" is an open-air fire where the material to be burned does not exceed 60 cm in height and 60 cm (2 feet) in width, that is set and maintained solely for the purposes of cooking food, providing warmth and recreational enjoyment.

An "outdoor fireplace" is a manufactured, non-combustible, enclosed container designed to hold a small fire for decorative purposes, and includes but is not limited to a chimenea.

Fire must be no less than 5 meters (16 feet) away from any building, hedge, fence, overhead wiring, or other combustible material or highway.

Brush Fire

A "brush fire" is an open-air fire where the material to be burned does not exceed 3 meters in height, width and length, and where open air fire is set and maintained solely for the purpose of burning wood, tree limbs and branches.

Fire must be no less than 30 meters (98 feet) from any building, hedge, fence, overhead wiring, or other combustible material or highway.

 Agricultural Fire

An "agricultural fire" is an open-air fire where the materials to be burned do not exceed 6 meters in height, width, and length, and where the fire is set solely for the purpose of burning wood, tree limbs and branches as a part of normal farm practices for clearing agricultural land.

Fire must be no less than 90 meters (295 feet) from any building, hedge, fence, overhead wiring, or other combustible material or highway.

 Fireworks

For questions about fireworks, please contact Emergency Services at 613-354-3351. Please view the Town's Fireworks By-law for more information on the regulations of fireworks.
Please note: This Fireworks By-law document has been copied from its original format to meet the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. This document is not meant to be relied on as the original copy. Any member of the public that requires a copy of the original by-law may request one through the Town Clerk

FAQs

How many smoke alarms do I need?

 IT'S THE LAW. You need a working smoke alarm on every floor of your home and outside every sleeping area.

Persons found not having a working smoke alarm on every floor level may be fined and/or prosecuted under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act.

For more information contact the Greater Napanee Emergency Services at 613-354-3351.

Do I need a carbon monoxide alarm?

We strongly recommend that anyone who has a fuel burning appliance, or an attached garage, has at least one working carbon monoxide alarm in their home, preferably on the same floor level as the bedrooms or outside sleeping areas.

How do I arrange for a fire inspection of my home or business?

Please contact the Fire Prevention Officer at 613-856-2239 to arrange for an inspection. Inspections are provided at the rate of $75.00 per hour.

Inspections may be scheduled when required for liquor license application, day care operation, or home/retail business operation

How do I schedule a tour of the fire hall?

To arrange a tour, contact Greater Napanee Emergency Services 613-354-3351, between 8:30am and 4:30pm Monday to Friday.

Why can't I park in a designated fire route?

Parking in a fire route is a violation of the Municipal Parking By-law, and it subject to a $75.00 fine. Parking in a fire route may slow emergency services from aiding someone in need, or from protecting property.

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