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Burning Information

“Improving Air Quality in our Community” 


**Residents of properties that qualify may apply for the permit here.**


The City of Langford has amended Fire Regulations Bylaw in an effort to reduce the amount of smoke generated from open burning and to improve air quality during the scheduled burn days. It is anticipated that these changes will benefit those who have health problems affected by smoke and it will reduce the amount of greenhouse gases that are released to the environment.

Who can burn?
Only individually-owned residential properties that are 2023 square meters (0.5 acres) or greater or greater in size.

When can you burn?
There are now two permitted burn periods. The first is between November 1 and November 30 and the second is between March 15 and April 15 of any calendar year (inclusive). There is no burning permitted on long weekends. Residents of properties that qualify may apply for a permit here.

In order to burn you must meet the following conditions:

  • Individually-Owned Residential properties must be 2023 square meters (0.5 acre) or greater.
  • Maintain a clearance of 6 meters (20 ft) from any structure.
  • Maintain a clearance of 3 meters (10 ft) from shrubbery and wooden fences.
  • Ensure that the base of the open fire is no larger in area than 1.5 meters by 1.5 meters (5 ft by 5 ft).
  • Ensure that extinguishing equipment such as a charged water hose is readily available.
  • Maintain a constant supervision over the fire by a responsible person 16 years or older.

Take every reasonable precaution to prevent heavy smoke being generated or becoming a nuisance.

An individually-owned residential property is allowed a maximum of 2 permits per burning period. A maximum of 20 permits will be issued per day throughout the city.

Burning is only permitted from sunrise to sunset and only leaves and tree trimmings are acceptable. No burning of garbage, organic waste, plastic, rubber, asphalt shingles, or any similar materials. The burning of debris resulting from logging, land clearing, construction, demolition and/or businesses shall be prohibited at all times and there is no burning permitted on any street, land or boulevard allowance. Burning is also not permitted during a period of high wind even if a permit has already been issued for that date.

For more information on burning in the City of Langford, the full Fire Regulations Bylaw can be viewed here.

If your residential property does not qualify for an open burning permit, you can get more information on alternate solutions to dispose of yard waste here.

Alternatives to Burning

If you are unable to burn or are looking for an alternative, there are several environmentally friendly ways to dispose of your yard waste rather than burning the materials.

 They include the “Three C’s”:

  • Chipping
  • Composting
  • Commercial disposal

The Westshore Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau maintain a list of local businesses that can be contacted to assist you with any of these alternative solutions to burning.

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