Burning Information & Permit
Burning is now open for the season
The Burning Season in Central Saanich is November 1 to April 30, and governed by the Burning Bylaw.
Allowed burning days are as follows:
- Thursday and Friday – Sunrise to sunset
- Saturday – Sunrise to noon
- No burning on statutory holidays
- Any open air fire larger than 1 meter (3x3 feet) in diameter requires a burning permit
- All incinerators require a burning permit
- Beach fires at Island View Beach are not permitted
- The permit holder shall be responsible for all costs incurred to suppress any fire that escapes or is caused from the authorized open burning.
- No person shall burn rubber, plastic materials drywall, demolition waste, domestic waste, paint, tar paper, treated lumber, railway ties, manure, asphalt, asphalt products, fuel and lubricant containers, or biomedical waste.
If you have any questions, please contact the Fire Prevention Department at 250-544-4226 or 250-544-4225 or visit us at 1512 Keating Cross Road.
Annual Burning Regulations
November 1 to May 1
Fires smaller than 1 meter (3 feet) in diameter do not require a permit.
- Authorized open air fires shall be located at least 7.6 meters (25 feet) from any building, structure, wooden fence, combustible material or property line.
- Fires over 1 meter (3 feet) in diameter do require a burning permit.
November 1 to end of February
- Authorized open air fires greater than 1 meter (3 feet) in diameter require a burning permit. The permit fee is $20 dollars. These fires shall:
- Not exceed 10 cubic meters per hectare per month.
- Not burn for a duration of more than 24 hours.
- Maintain burning on same land, or adjacent to where the material originated.
- Not use material other than dry wood, paper, cardboard, or diesel fuel to start or enhance the fire.
- Be located at least 7.5 meters (25 feet) from any property line and 60 meters (200 feet) from any building or structure or standing timber or as required for a bona fide agricultural purpose.
May 1 to October 31
- All authorized fires require a burning permit and are limited to 1 meter (3 feet) in size are to be located at least:
- 7.5 meters (25 feet) from any property line
- 60 meters (200 feet) from any building or structure
- 60 meters (200 feet) from any standing timber or brush and be limited in size not greater than 1 meter (3 feet) in diameter, or as required for a bona fide agricultural purpose. “Bona Fide Agricultural Purpose” shall mean agricultural burning of crops, or stubble, or burning ordered for the purpose of fire safety, but excluding land clearing burning.
For a permit, please visit the Central Saanich Fire Department at 1512 Keating Cross Road. Hours are Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Visit our Safety & Education page for tips to help protect your family from a wildlands fire.