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Burning By-law

Burning By-law 30-2000 regulates times during which fires may be set in the open air and the precautions to be observed by persons setting fires in Saugeen Shores.

To purchase a Burn Permit, please contact the Fire Department at 519 389-6120.

Recreational Fire

A Recreational Fire is commonly referred to as a campfire. It must be contained within a non-combustible burning device with a burn area no larger than 3 feet x 3 feet x 3 feet (1 cubic meter). 

NO PERMIT IS REQUIRED FOR RECREATIONAL FIRES - Please enjoy your fire responsibly.

Rules to follow when having a Recreational Fire:

  • ONLY BURN CLEAN, DRY WOOD, commercially produced charcoal or briquettes.

  • The wood must be smaller than the burning device.

  • Clearance around the burning device must be a minimum of 10 feet (3 meters) in all directions from structures, objects and neighboring properties. 

  • Neighbouring properties must not be adversely affected.
  • Smoke must not blow across roadways hampering motorists visibility.

  • A fire extinguisher or alternate means of extinguishment must be available at all times.

  • The fire must be supervised and controlled by an adult at all times and must be completely extinguished before leaving the area.

Non-Recreational Fire Requiring a Permit

If you are going to have a fire larger than 3 feet x 3 feet x 3 feet (1 cubic meter) you must apply for a permit.

A permit shall be issued by the Saugeen Shores Fire Department:   

  • The permit must be submitted prior to the requested burn day.

  • A site inspection may be required at the discretion of the Fire Chief.

  • The fire may only burn between the hours of sunrise and sunset.
  • No fire other than a recreational fire may be set or allowed to burn less than 50 feet (15 m) from any building, structure, hedge, tree, fence, highway, or vehicular right of way, overhead wires or combustible material of any kind.

Rules to follow when having a Non-Recreational Fire:

  •  DO NOT BURN HOUSEHOLD GARBAGE, burn only clean dry wood, clean dry brush, or clean dry natural vegetation.
  • Burn only dry materials. Do not burn petroleum products, plastics, rubber or anything that will cause excessive smoke.

  • Remove all vegetation around the fire area to prevent the spread of fire.

  • The burn area must not exceed that on the approved permit.

  • Neighbouring properties must not be adversely affected.
  • Smoke must not blow across roadways hampering motorists visibility.
  • A fire extinguisher or alternate means of extinguishment approved by the Fire Chief must be available at all times.
  • The fire must be supervised and controlled by an adult at all times and must be completely extinguished before leaving the area.  Area shall be monitored for at least 24 hours following the extinguishment of the fire.