Open-air Burning Bylaw

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Kingston Fire & Rescue (KFR) is developing an Open-Air Burning Bylaw to help keep residents and firefighters safe. If passed by City Council, this bylaw would replace open-air burning guidelines and outline new municipal requirements, including open-air burning restrictions.

What area of the bylaw can I help influence?

Proposed regulations outlined in the Open-Air Burning Bylaw were developed following extensive research into how other similar sized cities regulate open-air burning.

With this in mind, KFR requests your input on three areas of the proposed bylaw.

Three areas your input is requested:

open air burning bylaw


Kingston Fire & Rescue (KFR) is developing an Open-Air Burning Bylaw to help keep residents and firefighters safe. If passed by City Council, this bylaw would replace open-air burning guidelines and outline new municipal requirements, including open-air burning restrictions.

What area of the bylaw can I help influence?

Proposed regulations outlined in the Open-Air Burning Bylaw were developed following extensive research into how other similar sized cities regulate open-air burning.

With this in mind, KFR requests your input on three areas of the proposed bylaw.

Three areas your input is requested:

  • Permit types
  • Regulations for each permit type
  • Acceptable fees associated with each permit type

The input received will be reviewed and considered by KFR's Fire Prevention Division, compiled in a ‘What We Heard’ report, and included as a report exhibit.

Why is this bylaw being developed?

This proposed bylaw aims to increase safety to persons and property while reducing the number of fire incidents and neighbour disputes.

Currently, residents in the City of Kingston are asked to follow operating guidelines for open-air burning, which were implemented in August 2013. The City has experienced substantial urban growth and the existing guidelines present challenges for residents, first responders and fire inspectors. They often lead to conflict between neighbours around what is acceptable open-air burning. Other than the Ontario Fire Code, there is no municipal policy or related bylaw to effectively regulate compliance of open-air burning.

By adopting an Open-Air Burning Bylaw, Kingston would join other similar sized cities in permitting open-air fires that are performed in a safe manner.

In alignment with its commitment to openness and transparency, KFR is providing residents with information about the proposed bylaw.


  • 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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