Proposed Open Air Fires Bylaw

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The draft By-Law to Regulate the Setting and Maintaining of Open Air Fires within the City of Kingston was presented at a regular meeting of Kingston City Council on March 23. Review the bylaw and watch the discussion.

Kingston Fire & Rescue (KFR) has developed a proposed Open Air Fires Bylaw. This bylaw has been crafted by fire prevention officials and the City’s legal services team, based on best practices to help promote and ensure public safety.

If adopted by City Council, this proposed bylaw would introduce a permitting process. Based on your input received during an earlier phase


The draft By-Law to Regulate the Setting and Maintaining of Open Air Fires within the City of Kingston was presented at a regular meeting of Kingston City Council on March 23. Review the bylaw and watch the discussion.

Kingston Fire & Rescue (KFR) has developed a proposed Open Air Fires Bylaw. This bylaw has been crafted by fire prevention officials and the City’s legal services team, based on best practices to help promote and ensure public safety.

If adopted by City Council, this proposed bylaw would introduce a permitting process. Based on your input received during an earlier phase of public engagement, KFR has determined that it will not recommend a permit fee to conduct open air fires in 2021.

The free permitting process, would require residents to read open air fire regulations. This would help ensure residents are informed about the regulations they must follow to protect themselves, their families, their property, their neighbours, and our first responders.

Considerations

  • Risks posed to life, property and the environment. Safety is of utmost importance to KFR.
  • Best practices followed by neighbouring municipalities. Ensuring we follow similar guidelines will help reduce confusion.
  • Kingston includes both rural and urban areas.
  • Execution of the bylaw.

KFR is seeking your input on key areas, including

  • Defining key terms
  • Additional exemptions to be considered
  • General feedback on the document

Staff will review your input and may amend specific aspects of the bylaw based on feedback. All input will be compiled in a report, which will be presented to Council with the proposed bylaw in Q1 2021.


  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Kingston Fire & Rescue (KFR) is seeking input on areas of the draft Open Air Fires Bylaw, including key terms defined within the bylaw and additional exemptions to be considered. Survey respondents will also have an opportunity at the end of the survey to submit general feedback about the proposed bylaw.   

    Review the proposed bylaw.  

    Time required to complete survey: approximately 25 minutes.

    Survey closes on Nov. 30 at 4 p.m.

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    In this survey, respondents will have an opportunity to review regulations in the proposed Open Air-Burning Bylaw, and to provide input on permit types, share ideas for additional regulations, and fees. 

    This bylaw is being developed to help ensure public safety. It will be presented to City Council in October 2020. If adopted, it would take effect Jan. 1, 2021. 

    Time required to complete survey: Approx. 15 minutes.

    Survey closes Sept. 22 at 4 p.m.

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