Citizens Reminded to Respect Open Air Burning By-law

May 5, 2015

Greater Sudbury Fire Services reminds citizens to respect the municipal open air burning by-law. The City of Greater Sudbury’s open air burning by-law regulates types of materials that can be burned, containers and locations for burning, times for setting and extinguishing fires, and other requirements to protect life and property.

• Campfires, as well as fires contained within a burn barrel or chiminea, must be located at least six metres from any building or structure and at least five metres from any forest or woodland.

• Citizens are prohibited from burning garbage, construction materials, wet materials or any other material that may create dense smoke.

• Citizens who receive a complaint from neighbours about excess smoke are obliged to extinguish their fire.
• Outdoor fires are limited to the overnight hours, starting 30 minutes before sunset and ending 30 minutes after sunrise.

• Only registered property owners and those with written permission from a registered property owner are allowed to set outdoor fires within city boundaries.

• Barbecues and “chiminea” fireplaces are not permitted on apartment balconies under any circumstances.

• Brush fires and crop residue fires require a burn permit. Applications must be submitted at least three days in advance. Telephone 3-1-1.

For more information about the Greater Sudbury open air burning by-law, please dial 3-1-1.