Fireworks or Bonfires

COVID-19 Update May 15, 2020

Earlier this month, City Council amended the Fireworks By-Law (2011 -190) to remove both Victoria Day and Canada Day as permitted days for 2020. The decision to ban fireworks on Victoria Day and July 1, 2020, helps discourage the potential for large social gatherings.

While campfires, chiminea fireplaces, crop residue fires, and other types of outdoor burning are permitted, please be safe and cautious around any outdoor fires, and never leave a fire unattended.



City Council has approved amendments to the Fireworks By-law (2011-100) to ensure emergency response resources are dedicated to COVID-19 response and to discourage the potential for large, social gatherings.

Under the amended by-law, residents are no longer able to set off fireworks on a permitted day if a municipal fire ban or provincial restricted fire zone is in effect. The amendment also removes Victoria Day and Canada as permitted days for 2020.

The City of Greater Sudbury declared a fire ban in April, in alignment with the restricted fire zone put in place by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF).


If you are planning on having a bonfire on your property please review our information related to burn permits to ensure you are compliant with the City’s Open Air Burning By-law.

If you are planning to have a bonfire at your special event you will need to ensure you follow the City’s Open Air Burning By-Law and follow these steps:

Step One:

  • You will need to get written permission from the owner of the land on which you are planning on having the bonfire.
  • Submit your letter by email to: or by mail to

          Fire Services
          City of Greater Sudbury
          193 Van Horne St
          Sudbury, ON P3E 1E6

Processing Time

  • Getting approval from The City of Greater Sudbury Fire Services and the Fire Chief may take up to two weeks.