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Fire Burning Permits

The Town requires anyone having an open-air fire to obtain a Fire Permit.  A Fire Permit costs $36 for a calendar year regardless of the number of fires you have.  Fire Permits are available at the Civic Centre ONLY, 19000 Leslie Street, Sharon, Monday to Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.mPayment can be made by cash, debit or credit card or cheque made payable to the Town of East Gwillimbury.

Be a good neighbour...
Obtaining authorization to have an open air fire does not relieve an owner from their obligation to comply with the Environmental Protection Act of Ontario.  While burning, it is your obligation to ensure that smoke and odour does not interfere with the ability of neighbours to enjoy their property or conduct their business without disruption.  Watch where your smoke travels and do not burn when there are smog alerts, foggy conditions or wind that will carry your smoke in a direction that will disrupt adjacent roadways or properties.

Fires burned in chimineas, the free-standing fireplaces popular for backyard entertainment, are classified under the Ontario Fire Code as open fires. As such you are required to obtain a permit from the Town.

In order to meet the minimum requirements to purchase a Fire Permit, the property owner's fire pit must be 10 metres (32.8 feet) distance from any building, structure, hedge, fence constructed of material that may burn or melt, or any obstruction of any kind whatsoever that may burn or melt. 

The fire can be one cubic meter (3 feet) in size and there must be a means of extinguishing the fire at all times.  After 4:00 p.m. of one day and 1:00 a.m. of the following day the size of the fire is to be reduced to 61 centimetres (2 feet) in size. 

Anyone burning in a barrel or other approved container must obtain a Fire Permit.

A tenant wishing to purchase a Fire Permit is required to have the Fire Permit signed by the owner of the property in which they are residing.  Or, attach a dated letter of approval from the owner of the property.

To activate your Fire Permit, you must phone (905) 478-3885, a recording will ask for your Fire Permit #, Name, Address and Telephone Number. This answering system is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Each day you wish to burn you must phone (905) 478-3885 to activate your Fire Permit.  If you do not call our answering system and supply the requested information you will be considered to be burning without a Fire Permit and charged accordingly. 

To report a non-emergency burning concern, please contact Richmond Hill Fire Non-Emergency/ Dispatch Centre at 905-883-5450 ext.0.

If you wish to have an oversized or special fire the cost is $178.00 to $516.00 per burn depending on the size and situation.  An application for oversized and special fire permits are available at the Civic Centre and requires approval by the Fire Department. 

Please note that fire permits are $36 for the year. 

Click here to fill out a fire permit application. For more information call 905-478-4282.