Campfires and Open Air Burning


The new District of Squamish Fire Service bylaw includes three key changes;

  1. Elimination of seasonal burn weeks.
  2. Implementation of a permit issued by the Fire Chief for residential campfires.
  3. Permit must be on hand for inspection by Fire Officer if requested.

The elimination of seasonal open air burning for disposing of yard waste supports the District’s “Clean Air Initiative”. By encouraging the use of the environmentally-friendly yard waste curbside collection program as an alternative, the environmental and health concerns associated with smoke and fly ash fallout will be reduced.

Under the new bylaw, each person who lights, maintains or is otherwise responsible for a campfire must first obtain a permit from the Fire Chief. Campfires are for the personal enjoyment of a fire by friends and family on residential property. If you are not the property owner, written consent must be submitted to the Fire Chief for review and approval of permit.


You can apply for a permit online (see below - form is only available when there is no ban in effect) or in person at Squamish Fire Rescue hall 2, located at 40439 Tantalus Road. Our hours of business are Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed between noon and 1 p.m.) when fire bans are not in effect. Permits are valid for the duration that one lives at the registered property. Annual renewal is no longer required.

General Burning Restrictions and Requirements

  • The only allowable material burned in the campfire consists of dry seasoned fire wood.
  • The campfire is continuously supervised and controlled by a competent adult, and must be equipped and knowledgeable in the use of extinguishing equipment and materials.
  • The campfire is no greater than 0.5 metres in height or diameter, or shall it extend in any way beyond the permitted space, or location.
  • Smoke from the campfire does not create a nuisance to other persons in the vicinity.
  • At any time, the Fire Chief or designated officer may cancel or suspend any permit issued under this bylaw.
  • Please see complete fire service bylaw in order to ensure compliance.

Click here to apply for a permit.

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