Burning Regulations & Permits

Burning Regulations for the North Cedar Improvement District

District Bylaws are established to provide rules and governance for the North Cedar Improvement District. Bylaws 403 and 359 are the two relevant bylaws pertaining to fire department operations and open air burning.

Bylaw 403 is the District’s’ Fire Department Establishment and Operations Bylaw and it spells out how the fire department is structured, what operational activities are allowed, how the administration is set up and also contains general rules on inspections, life safety and open air fires.

Bylaw 359 is the North Cedar Improvement District Fire Regulation Bylaw. This Bylaw contains all the rules related to open burning within the District.

Burning Permits

Residents are required to obtain a burning permit before lighting any category 2 open air (6X6 maximum) fire between April 15th and October 31st. The permit clearly spells out the conditions of open air burning including when a fire is permitted, what materials can and cannot be burnt and the safety precautions that must be in place in order to have a fire. Even though a permit is not required from November 1st through to April 14th, all the provisions contained within the burning regulations and burning permit still apply. Permits are free of charge and can be picked up at the Improvement District office during business hours.

Land clearing burn piles (Category 3) require authorization from the Ministry of Forests and for information on smoke control, burning requirements and the permit application process, residents can review:  Industrial and Resource Management Burning.

Air Quality - Venting Index

You may burn on days when the venting is 55 or better (Good).  Prior to burning obtain venting index information at:

  • Provincial toll-free line: 1-888-281-2992 (press 2 for Vancouver Island Region)
  • On-line: Venting Index
  • NCID: 250-722-3711 (Mon-Thurs 8:30-4:00 except holidays)