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Greater Sudbury

By-Laws, Legislation and Fees

Greater Sudbury Fire Services follows and enforces various by-laws, codes and legislation. Click on the tabs below to find information on:

  • Fire laws and by-laws that you must follow;
  • Fees for fire services;
  • The Fire Underwriters Survey (FUS) and how it affects you, and
  • The governing bodies, standards and laws that Fire Services must follow.

Burn Permits

The City of Greater Sudbury Open Air Burning By-law regulates the types of fires that require burn permits, the types of materials that can be burned, containers and locations for burning, time for setting and extinguishing fires, and other requirements to protect life and property.

Who can have a fire:

  • Only registered owners of a property, or a person with written consent from the registered owner are allowed to set a fire.
  • A registered owner can allow a person to set a fire on his/her property if the person responsible has the ability to control the fire.

Fires that do not require a burn permit:

  • Fire in a burn barrel
  • Back yard fires
  • Campfires
  • Fires in a cooking device
  • Fire in a chiminea
  • Winter lake fires
  • Heating during construction

Fires that require a burn permit:

  • Brush fires
  • Crop residue fires
  • A demonstration or training fire
  • Ceremonial fires
  • A bonfire sponsored by an organization or group of persons 

Details on fires requiring permits:

Brush Fires
  • Fire may be no less than 30 meters from nearest building, structure or overhead wires.
  • Materials to be burned are no more than 2 metres long, 2 metres wide, and 2 metres high.
  • Fire must be set between one half hour before sunset and one half hour after sunrise.
  • Persons responsible must be able to limit the spread of the fire, extinguish it and, if necessary, call the Fire Department.
Crop Residue Fires
  • The total burn area may not exceed one hectare.
  • The flaming edge of the fire may not exceed 30 meters at any time.
  • Fire must be set between one half hour before sunset and one half hour after sunrise.
  • Persons responsible must be able to limit the spread of the fire, extinguish it and, if necessary, call the Fire Department.
Demonstration Fires, Ceremonial Fires or Bonfires Sponsored by an Organization or Group
  • The person must have prior written consent from the Fire Chief to set the fire.
  • The fire must be set and maintained in accordance with the written consent of the Fire Chief.
  • The person does not leave the site of the fire until it is completely extinguished.

Application for a Burning Permit

  • Application for a burning permit must be made at least three working days before the date you intend to set the fire.  Contact Fire Services, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at  705-671-2489, ext. 3743 or ext. 2777

Tickets may be issued for noncompliance with this by-law. For further details, please view the complete Open Air Burning By-Law.

 

Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Under the Ontario Fire Code, you must install at least one working carbon monoxide alarm if your home contains fuel burning appliance(s), a fireplace or an attached garage.

All registered owners of all single and multiple dwelling units must comply, and landlords must install carbon monoxide alarms in rental units.

Place alarms so they can be heard in every bedroom when doors are closed.

What is Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colourless, odourless, tasteless and toxic gas. It can poison you quickly in high concentrations, or slowly in low doses. Exposure can cause flu-like symptoms such as: headaches, nausea, dizziness, burning eyes, confusion, drowsiness and loss of consciousness.

If you suspect someone has carbon monoxide poisoning bring the person outside for fresh air and seek immediate medical attention

Carbon Monoxide Alarm Tips

  • Maintain your CO detector according to the manufacturer's instructions
  • Keep your air vents clean by vacuuming them occasionally
  • Test the detector monthly
  • If your alarm sounds, call 911 and leave the home immediately

Learn more.

Smoke Alarms

Under the Ontario Fire Code, you must have:

  • A working smoke alarm outside every sleeping area in your home.
  • At least one working smoke alarm on every storey that does not contain a sleeping area.

This applies to all single-family, semi-detached and town houses, whether owned or rented.

Smoke Alarm Fines

You can be charged a $200 fine (plus $35 surcharge) per offense if you:

  • fail to install alarm as required
  • fail to maintain alarm in operating condition
  • fail to provide alarm maintenance instructions to occupants
  • intentionally disable alarm to make it inoperable
  • replace alarm with reduced level of protection

Smoke Alarm Tips

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and near sleeping areas.
  • Place near ceilings and avoid areas that can set off the alarm (bathrooms, windows.)
  • Never remove the batteries.
  • If your alarm is beeping, replace the battery immediately.  
  • Change the battery during daylight savings time in the spring and fall.
  • Test your alarm regularly.
  • Replace smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old, fail tests or malfunction.
  • Make sure everyone in the household knows what to do if the smoke alarm sounds.
  • Develop a home fire escape plan and practice it with the entire household.
  • A smoke alarm is not required on each level in a split-level home because each level does not count as a separate storey. Place them where legally required.

For more information about smoke alarms and fire safety, please contact Greater Sudbury Fire Services at 705-674-4455, extension 3743, or visit the Office of the Fire Marshal website.

 

Establishing & Regulating By- Law

The Establishing and Regulating By-Law outlines levels of responsibility in the City of Greater Sudbury Fire Services. It outlines:

  • The geographic areas of responsibility for all fire stations.
  • The type and level of service delivered by each fire station.
  • Who is responsible for providing these services (career or volunteer firefighters).

See which fire stations are serviced by career or volunteer firefighters.

See the types of services that are provided by Greater Sudbury Fire Services.

See the service levels that we offer.

The City of Greater Sudbury has created a User Fee By-law that allows Greater Sudbury Fire Services to charge fees for services or activities provided such as: inspections, searches, reports, vehicle response, foam use, and false alarms.

Fees for our services are listed below.

False Alarm Fees

  • Apply to smoke or carbon monoxide alarm systems that automatically notify Fire Services when activated.
  • Do NOT apply to battery operated and hardwired smoke detectors used in most homes.

Greater Sudbury Fire Services will charge property owners when responding to:

  • False alarms from alarm systems that are not operating properly due to poor maintenance or faulty equipment. (Type 1 – no reasonable cause)
  • False alarms from alarm systems that are tested without notifying Greater Sudbury Fire Services prior to the test. (Type 2 – Failure to advise of testing)

Property owners will be given the chance to correct the circumstances resulting in false alarms. If the same address continues to generate false alarms, property owners will be charged.

False Alarm Fees for Type 1 Alarms:

Type 1 False Alarm

Fee

First response - per hour

No Fee

Second response - per hour

$463.00

Each subsequent response – per hour

Double the last fee charged

False Alarm Fees for Type 2 Alarms:

Type 2 False Alarm

Fee

1st response – each hour

$463.00

2nd and each subsequent response – each hour

Double the last fee charged

There is no charge for fire response when an alarm is activated at a red pull station in a public, commercial or multi-unit residential building. However, purposely activating a false alarm could result in criminal charges.

 

Fire Prevention Service Fees

Payment methods will be posted once fees have been approved.

Fire and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Fees:

Type of Service

Fee

Smoke Alarm

To be determined

Carbon Monoxide Alarm

To be determined

Fireworks Permit Fees:

Type of Permit

Fee

Consumer Fireworks Permit - Annual

To be determined

Consumer Fireworks Permit - Weekly

To be determined

Display Fireworks

To be determined

Permanent Fireworks Vendor’s Permit (Includes Inspection)

To be determined

Temporary Fireworks Vendor’s Permit (Includes Inspection)

To be determined

Risk and Safety Management Plan (RSMP) Reviews for Propane Facilities:

Type of Plan Review

Fee

Level 2 Propane Facility – First RSMP

To be determined

Level 2 Propane Facility - Renewal

To be determined

Level 2 Propane Facility – New RSMP (Modification or Expansion)

To be determined

Level 1 Propane Facility – All RSMPs

To be determined

General Fees:

Service

Fee

Fire Safety Message Sign

To be determined

Inspections, Searches and Reports Fees

All fees are payable once work is completed. An invoice will be sent to you and payments can be mailed in by cheque or paid in person at your local Citizen Service Centre.

Fees for Searches and Reports:

Service

Fee (includes H.S.T.)

Copy of Fire Report

$75.00

File Search and Letter

$75.00

Fees for Inspections:

Type of Inspection

Fee (per inspection, includes H.S.T.)

Daycares - Licensed

$173.00

Daycares – Private Home

$72.00

Foster Care Homes (Capacity less than 4)

$72.00

Foster Care Homes (Capacity more than 4)

$274.00

Group Homes (Capacity less than 10)

$274.00

Group Homes (Capacity more than 10)

$605.00

Student Housing, Bed & Breakfast, Lodging House

$274.00

Residential Buildings 1 Dwelling

$72.00

Residential Buildings 2 Dwellings

$345.00

Residential Buildings (Less than 4 stories, more than 2 dwellings)

$605.00

Residential Buildings 4 to 6 stories

$1,022.00

Residential Buildings 7 to 11 stories

$1,194.00

Residential Buildings 12 to 18 stories

$1,367.00

Residential Buildings over 18 stories

$1,726.00

Non-Residential Buildings (less than 5 stories, less than 3000 Sq Ft)

$274.00

Non-Residential Buildings (less than 5 stories, less than 5000 Sq Ft)

$432.00

Non-Residential Buildings (less than 5 stories, more than 5000 Sq Ft)

$576.00

Non-Residential Buildings (more than 5 stories, less than 3000 Sq Ft)

$647.00

Non Residential Buildings (more than 5 stories, less than 5000 Sq Ft)

$763.00

Non-Residential Buildings (more than 5 stories, more than 5000 Sq Ft)

$1,022.00

Second or subsequent visit for re-inspections

$72.00

Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario Liquor Licence - Indoor

$187.00

Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario Liquor Licence - Patio

$82.00

Fire Safety Plan Review

$142.00

 

Vehicle Response and Foam Use Fees

All fees are payable at the specified hourly rate, which includes travel time of the person providing the service. Fees and charges are due on the date specified on the invoice.

Fees for Response to Motor Vehicle Accidents:

Type of Service

Fee

Response by Fire Department Vehicle (City or Provincial Highway) first hour per vehicle

$463.00

Each additional half hour per vehicle

$232.00

Fees for Response to Open Air Burning and Fireworks:

Type of Service

Fee for non-compliance with open air burning or fireworks by-law

First Hour

$463.00

Each Additional Half Hour

$232.00

Fees for Non-emergency Stand By for Special Events:

Service

Fee

First hour plus 100% cost recovery for any additional crews

$463.00

Fee for Technical Rescue:

Service

Fee

Technical Rescue

Full Cost Recovery

General Response Fees:

Service

Fee

Firefighter Recruitment Application & Testing Fee

$113.00

Fees for Foam Use:

Type of Foam Use

Fee

Class A Foam or additive use (per gallon)

$28.00

Class B Foam or additive use (per gallon)

$520.00

What is the Fire Underwriter's Survey (FUS)?

The Fire Underwriter's Survey is a national organization that provides information on public fire protection for insurance companies.

What do they do?

  • Conduct assessments of both the fire risks and fire defenses in communities.
  • Assess how well equipped a community is to prevent and control major fires (industrial and commercial) and  smaller scale fires (residential homes).
  • Assign the fire department two grades: a Public Fire Protection Classification (PFPC) grade and a Dwelling Protection Grade (DPG).

What does a PFPC grade mean?

  • The PFPC grade provides a standardized measure of a fire department’s ability to prevent and control major fires (commercial, industrial, institutional) against the risk of such events.
  • This grade is used by commercial insurers.
  • The PFPC grade can be anywhere between one and 10, with one being the highest score and 10 being the lowest.

What does a DPG grade mean?

  • A DPG grade represents a fire department’s ability to prevent and control smaller scale fires, such as homes or dwellings not exceeding 3600 sq ft.
  • This grade is used by insurers to determine personal property insurance rates.
  • The DPG grade can be anywhere between one and five, with one being the highest score and five being the lowest.

What if our grade changes?

  • A change of one rating point for a fire station’s PFPC grade has an impact of approximately 10 per cent on the fire protection insurance for commercial properties. 
  • Changes to DPG grades have a similar impact on residential insurance rates.

View the Greater Sudbury Fire Services 2016 FUS Assessment.

Greater Sudbury Fire Services is directed by several governing bodies and must follow specific laws when it comes to their workers, safety, and standards.

Governing Legislation

  • The Municipal Act allows municipalities to administer and organize their affairs and deliver services including establishing and regulating their Fire Service and developing and enforcing additional by-laws.
  • The Fire Prevention and Protection Act (FPPA) makes fire education and fire prevention services mandatory in all communities, and allows fire response levels to be set by the community, based on local needs and circumstance.  It outlines the rights of entry in emergencies and fire investigations and governs career firefighter collective bargaining issues.
  • The Ontario Building Code (OBC) and Ontario Fire Code (OFC) are companion regulations adopted by Ontario as uniform minimum mandatory standards for building construction, renovation, change of use and fire safety. 

Industry Best Practices

Labour and Employment Regulations

  • The Labour Relations Act (LRA) settles workplace disputes under various statutes; produces collective bargaining information and assists in the settlement of collective agreements; and governs the negotiation and administration of the collective bargaining agreement for volunteer firefighters as represented by their union.
  • The Employment Standards Act  (ESA) sets out the rights of employees, the requirements of employers in most Ontario workplaces, and governs the general working conditions for all volunteer firefighters, while the FPPA governs those of career firefighters.

Privacy Legislation

  • Information collected by Greater Sudbury Fire Services falls under the Municipal Freedom of Information Act (MFIPPA) or the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPPA). Read more about this legislation.

Safety Standards and Regulations

  • The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and the Underwriter’s Laboratory Canada (ULC)  develop standards and specifications for commercial products in Canada. Much of the equipment in use in the fire service (fire trucks, extinguishers) has been tested and certified by the CSA or the ULC as safe for use in Canada. 
  • Typically, fire departments operate under the Industrial Regulations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. However, in an emergency (or during training), firefighters have a limited right to refuse work which would be considered dangerous under the OHSA.  This is based on the understanding that firefighting (career and volunteer) is a dangerous job.  For these situations, under Section 21 of the OHSA, the fire service along with the Ontario Ministry of Labour, has developed and adopted a series of Guidance Notes which identify ‘industry best practice’ methods for fire service delivery. 
  • The Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA) ensures that all employees are protected from injuries in the workplace. Emergency Services workers, including career and volunteer firefighters are protected by Presumptive Legislation which means that injuries are presumed to be a result of their work, and benefits are awarded automatically, without a burden of proof to the employee.