Recreational fires are permitted without a permit in Central Saanich.
“Recreational Fire” means the burning of proper clean firewood for recreational purposes in a permanent outdoor fireplace, barbeque or firepit not larger than 0.5 metres high by 0.5 metres wide.
Propane or liquid fueled appliances must be Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC) certified. Homemade devices are not permitted.
Things to note when having a recreational fire or using a propane or liquid fueled appliance:
- CSA or ULC appliances used for recreational fires, cooking or heating must be installed on private property and used according to the manufacturer's instructions.
- Recreational fires using proper clean firewood must be situated at least 3 metres (9 feet) from any building, fence, property line, trees, bushes or other combustible materials.
- A means of extinguishing a recreational fire must be readily available (i.e. a charged garden hose with spray nozzle).
- The municipality may prohibit all open fires when the forest fire rating is High or Extreme. This regulation will be strictly enforced.
Do not hesitate to contact the Central Saanich Fire Department if you have questions or concerns about burning regulations, or if you would like to set up an appointment to have one of our Fire Department Officers come by to provide you with a complimentary safety inspection of your newly installed outdoor burning appliance.