Message from the Fire Chief – Open Burning

Residents should be aware of some basic rules about outdoor burning in Lantzville.

May 15th – October 15Th - Open burning (fire piles on the ground) is CLOSED.

Subject to our Bylaw, people may use an incinerator with a permit on Fridays and Saturdays during the period May 15th until the end of day October 15th, as long as the Ventilation Index allows. No prohibited materials may be burned. This limited incinerator use could be closed at any time, as conditions dictate. Incinerator use is subject to several rules and it also requires obtaining a permit (free) in advance from the Municipal Hall. Note: Incinerators must be screened with a mesh no greater than approximately 1 inch and should always be burned as hot as possible. This helps to reduce smoke and ash. This means that incinerator fires may be permitted, subject to conditions and with a permit, only on Fridays and Saturdays. Small fires for cooking, warmth and ceremonial purposes are permitted as well. Please come into the Municipal Hall to pick up a burning permit application and burning permit checklist or click on the links below to print them off. Once you have completed both documents, you can bring them into the Municipal Hall for approval:

  • Burning Permit Application (Bylaw No. 86.1)

  • Burning Permit Checklist

    Any other type of backyard burning is prohibited until October 16th.

    October 16th - May 14Th - Open burning is permitted without a permit subject to conditions.

    From October 16th through to May 14th, residents are permitted to burn in their backyards without a permit. Conditions apply. As of October 16th, backyard burning is open again as long as the requirements related to our Bylaw and the Ventilation Index are followed. An open air fire (AKA-burn pile, bonfire, backyard fire) is for yard clean-up - no prohibited materials may be burned. Details are available in the Bylaw. Conditions apply. Confirm...before you burn!

    To check the Ventilation Index before your burn:

    • call the Ministry of Environment at 1.888.281.2992 and follow the prompts to hear Environment Canada's daily ventilation index for Central Vancouver Island to confirm if burning is permitted.


    • visit the Ministry of Environment website at Ministry of Environment Venting Index Information and click on Ventilation index and search the daily ventilation index for CNTRL VAN ISLD to confirm if burning is GOOD otherwise burning is prohibited.
    Outdoor burning is restricted when the index is POOR or FAIR. The conditions must be GOOD on the day you burn and GOOD or FAIR the following day in order to burn per the burning bylaw. Of note, a clear sunny day isn't a reliable indicator that you can burn - you must check the ventilation index. Be considerate of your neighbours when burning so you don't impact their daily routine or health. Burn materials hot, infrequently and ONLY when venting permits so the smoke goes straight up. For further information contact the Fire Chief at 250.390.2811 or visit, for Burning Permit info. See the notes below regarding some basic rules about burning and consideration for your neighbours.

    Questions? Contact the Fire Chief at 250.390.2811 or view the following bylaw for more information regarding fire regulations: Fire Protection Services Bylaw No. 86, 2010

    For a copy of the Fire Protection Services Bylaw No. 86, and Amendment Bylaw 86.1 which expands the prohibited items in Item 32(a) please click on the following links or stop by our office: District of Lantzville Fire Protection Services Bylaw No. 86, 2010 and Fire Protection Services Amendment Bylaw No. 86.1, 2012.

    Notes: Residents should be aware of a few basic rules when burning: the two most frequently overlooked are those of wind speed and venting. Burning is not permitted when wind speed exceeds 15 kph. This is anything much more than a gentle breeze. The venting index is a guide generally applied to burning on a larger scale but residents should be cognizant of smoke’s ability, or not, to escape. This is a gauge of how well the smoke you produce will rise and not seriously affect your home and others. Rainy days are seldom good days to burn.

    Remember, when you burn, if you find the smoke or the ash fallout offensive at your place, chances are your neighbour does as well.

    Please program these numbers on your phone to assist you in an emergency:

    To report a fire: Call 9-1-1

    To report a forest fire: Call 1.800.663.5555 OR *5555 from a cellular phone

    To report a beach fire: Call 1.877.952.7277

    Be Proactive. Be Safe. Be Ready! Remember, it just may be you who spots smoke in the forest!

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