Open Air Burning Permit

Backyard campfires, bonfires, burning of garden waste or rubbish, and other recreational fires are not permitted in the City of Brantford without a permit. 

Backyard cooking fires

You may have a small cooking fire in your backyard if:

  • You only use it cook or grill food.
  • You extinguish flame and briquettes or wood chips when you finish cooking.

You cannot continue the fire after you’ve finished cooking or use it for entertainment purposes.

Our responding personnel, or the officer on scene, will make the decision whether your fire meets our criteria. If your fire does not meet the proper criteria, it will be extinguished immediately.

Cooking fire requirements

Make sure to place your cooking fire a minimum 3 metres (10 feet) away from any property line, and a minimum of 3 metres (10 feet) away from any house, outside buildings and wooden fences.

Your cooking fire should have:

  • A maximum grill area of 60 by 60 cm (24 x 24 inches).
  • A maximum interior fuel surface of 60 by 60 cm (24 x 24 inches).

Building your cooking fire

You must enclose your cooking fire so that the briquettes or wood chips are inside the barbecue or barbecue pit. It must follow restricting by-laws, regulations or agreements.

Outdoor fireplaces

Outdoor fireplaces, chimineas, portable fire pits and fire rings are not permitted in the City of Brantford. We encourage you to reference the Ontario Fire Code for more information.

Please understand that we cannot stop the sale of these products in our area, but this does not mean you can use them in the City of Brantford.

Contact us to apply for an Open Air Burning Permit. The permit fee is $64.98.