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Fire Permit Bylaw
Planning to burn in Parkland County?
Here are some things you need to know:
Fire Permit Bylaw 22-2012 includes regulations affecting the sale and discharge of fireworks and outdoor burning in restricted burn areas, such as hamlets, industrial parks and multi-parcel country residential subdivisions.
Consumer Fireworks are allowed within Parkland County (permit required) provided they are not set off in a Restricted Burn Area. Restricted Burn Areas includes Multi-Parcel Subdivisions, Rural Centre Districts and Industrial Commercial Core. Consumer Fireworks (permit required) may be discharged in Restricted Burn Areas during the following dates and times:
New Years: 8:00 p.m. December 31 – 1:00 a.m. January 1
Canada Day: 8:00 p.m. – 11:59 p.m. July 1
Labour Day: 8:00 p.m. - 11:59 p.m. on the first Monday of September
Fire Permits for the above noted occasions will be available two weeks prior to those dates. Permits can be obtained on-line or at the County Administration Office.
Anyone wishing to discharge fireworks in a Restricted Burn Area other than the times listed above, needs to have a trained and qualified pyrotechnics contractor apply for a permit.
Indoor/Outdoor Wood Fired/ Solid Fuel Burning Appliances
No person shall install, operate or burn materials in an outdoor wood-fired boiler (OWB) or coal-fired indoor or outdoor appliances in a multi-parcel subdivision, rural centre districts, or industrial commercial core area unless the appliance meets the clean burning regulations and emission control standards of the CSA or EPA.
“Outdoor Wood Boiler” (also known as Outdoor Wood Fired Hydronic Heater, Wood Stove or Outdoor Wood Furnace) means a fuel burning device designed to burn wood and other approved solid fuels such as coal; that the manufacturer specifies for outdoor installation and heats fluid, typically water and antifreeze mixture for distribution typically through pipes to heat building space.
The new bylaw does not affect the use of fireplaces, and wood stoves used to burn clean wood for home heating purposes.
No person shall burn materials on any lands in Parkland County where the burnable materials were transported there from another location, municipality or jurisdiction.
Open fires of any sort are not allowed in areas designated as Municipal or Environmental Reserve, or in designated Restricted Burn Areas, without a permit. If you own a piece of land within a restricted burn area, burning options available are as follows:
- Fire pit with regulation screen (13mm ½” mesh), No permit required.
- Fire pit without regulation screen, Fire permit required.
- Family fireworks on the days listed above, Fire permit required.
- Outdoor fires are allowed in restricted burn areas which include Multi-Parcel Subdivisions and Rural Centre Districts between December 1 to December 31 and January 1 to March 31. Fire permit required.
- If you own a piece of land outside of a multi-parcel subdivision, there are no changes that affect you; however, a permit is still required year-round for anything other than a screened fire pit.
If you operate a business in an Industrial/ commercial area, the only burning you can do is in an incinerator that is completely enclosed with mesh screen (13mm ½”) covering the intake and exhaust. No other burning is allowed in these areas.
Permits are NOT required for a "Burning Barrel" that:
- Is a minimun of three (3) metres clearance from buildings, property lines and combustible materials, or as approved by the Fire Chief's Office;
- Has a spark arrestor mesh screen of thirteen (13) millimetres expanded metal (or equivalent) to contain sparks over the fire at all times;
Is supervised at all times by a responsible person until such time that it has been extinguished. A fire shall be deemed to include hot ashes and smouldering embers resulting from the fire; and
- Is used to burn only clean burnable household debris.
Burning Household Garbage
Complaints are frequently received from County residents regarding the offensive odors caused by their neighbors burning habits. Currently, the County allows the use of burning barrels, but only for the disposal of BURNABLE DEBRIS, as defined by the Alberta Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act.
“Burnable Debris” means all inflammable waste other than prohibited debris and includes, but is not limited to:
- Straw and stubble
- Grass, Weeds, Leaves and Tree Prunings
- Brush and fallen trees on newly cleared land or associated with logging operations
- Used power, telegraph and telephone poles that do not contain wood preservatives
- Wooden Materials from the construction or demolition of buildings that does not contain wood preservatives
- Solid Waste from tree harvesting operations
“Prohibited Debris” means any inflammable waste that, when burned may result in release of the dense smoke, offensive odors, or toxic substances, and includes, but is not limited to:
- Animal Manure
- Pathological Waste
- Non-Wooden Material
- Waste material from building or construction site containing wood preservatives
- Combustible material in automobile bodies
- Tires, rubber, plastic or anything containing or coated with rubber, plastic or similar substance, except rubber/plastic attached to shredded scrap steel
- Used Oil
- Wood or wood products containing substances for the purpose of preserving wood
Complaints regarding offensive odors from the burning of prohibited debris should be directed to Alberta Environment Pollution Control at 1-800-222-6514
For more information, please contact Fire Services at 780-968-8400.