The City of Ottawa wants to remind residents that open air fires of any kind are prohibited without an Open Air Fire Permit.
An open air fire refers to the burning of untreated wood, tree limbs and branches where the flame is not wholly contained. The City’s Open Air Fire By-law prohibits the use of campfires, brush fires, burn drums, windrows and outdoor fireplaces within City limits. Barbecues are permitted.
While open air burning may seem to be harmless, it has the potential to cause visible haze, health problems, air pollution and nuisance concerns.
Even residents who possess a permit are required to call 613-580-2880 prior to burning to ensure there is not a burn ban in effect.
Substantial fines may be issued to residents who are not in possession of a valid permit or are found to be non-compliant to conditions and regulations within their permit. Fire permits are available at all Client Service Centres and Ottawa Fire Services’ Rural Administrative offices. A list of these sites, hours of operation and more information on fire permits can be found on ottawa.ca or by calling 3-1-1.