Fire Permits

What Type of Burning Permit Do I Need? Please view the details here

Applications must be completed in person at 250 Clark Street, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:30am -4:30pm (Closed Wednesdays). Only property owners may sign permit applications; a letter of permission must be obtained from property owners  for renters. 

What Safety Measures Do I Need?

The Permittee shall have at the burn site: a spade shovel, a rake, two two gallon pails of water, and a charged garden hose.

-All slash and land clearing debris shall be piles or windrows, separated by a safe distance.

-Permits may be revoked at any time due to weather conditions.

-Permits not valid if wind exceeds 15km/hour. 


-For Rural areas of the Municipality of Powassan ONLY

-For burn piles less than 2m in diameter and at least 20m from any building or property line, and 6m from any other combustable object.

-Burning hours restricted to between 6pm-1am

-Burning material restricted to clean dry wood or yard waste. NO GARBAGE


-For Settlement and Rural areas of the Municipality of Powassan.

-Fires must be contained and be at least 3m from any property line and 2m away from any combustible structure. 

-Must be contained in pit/device with circumference no greater than 61cm (2ft)

-Burning material restricted to clean, dry, seasoned wood. NO GARBAGE


The Ontario Fire Code

The Ontario Fire Code (Part 2 Section 2.6, Article states that “”open air burning shall not be permitted unless approved or unless such burning consists of a small, confined fire, supervised at all times, and used to cook food on a grill or barbeque”". The burning of any material in the open air within the Municipality of Powassan is governed by By-law 2019-07.

By-law 2019-07 applies to the setting and control of fires in the open air on all lands within the geographical limits of the Municipality of Powassan. 

Before setting, or permitting the setting of, an Open Air Fire, the owner of the land upon which the fire is to be set must obtain a Fire Permit from the Municipal Office during regular business hours.

Fire Extinguishing Costs:

If the Powassan Fire and Emergency Services Department is called to respond to a fire either set or permitted to burn in violation of the By-law, the person who set the fire or allowed it to burn, as well as the owner of the land on which the fire occurred if he/she allowed the fire to be set or permitted the fire to burn, shall pay all costs incurred by the Powassan Fire and Emergency Services Department to extinguish the fire. Costs included are those for all personnel, equipment and apparatus dispatched and used to extinguish the fire.

For an uncontrolled fire, costs will be applied at the rate of $488.40/hour for each fire fighting apparatus accompanied with four (4) personnel; or crews of eight (8) personnel. Time will be charged from the receipt of the alarm through to the time all responding personnel leave the location of the fire and return to their respective stations.

If the costs of extinguishing an unauthorized open air fire are not paid, as outlined above, in addition to any other remedies the Municipality may have, the costs shall be recovered in the same manner as municipal property taxes in accordance with Section 398(2)2 of the Municipal Act S.O. 2001, c.25 against the owner of the land, if the owner set the fire, allowed the fire to burn or permitted the fire to be set or to burn, in violation of this By-law or any permit issued under this By-law.

The Municipality of Powassan
250 Clark Street PO Box 250 Powassan, ON P0H 1Z0 | Phone: 705-724-2813 | Fax: 705-724-5533 |

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