Air Quality & Backyard Burning
Fire Protection Bylaw [PDF - 238 KB]
Effective June 8, 2023 at 12pm, all open burning is banned in North Cowichan. This includes campfires/recreational fires, category 2 and 3 open fires, fireworks, firecrackers, and more. Full details at Campfire Ban - June 8.
The Fireworks Regulation Bylaw regulates the sale, possession, and the discharge of fireworks in North Cowichan.
Family fireworks are defined as low hazard fireworks generally used for recreation such as: fireworks showers, fountains, golden rain, lawn lights, pin wheels, Roman candles, and volcanoes.
Display fireworks are high hazard fireworks that launch and explode and are defined in Class 7, Division 2, Subdivision 2 of the federal Explosive Regulations. These fireworks include: rockets, serpents, shells, bombshells, tourbillions, maroons, large wheels, bouquets, barrages, bombardos, waterfalls, fountains, batteries, illumination, set pieces, pigeons and firecrackers.
Pyrotechnic displays are performance-type displays, generally used by the entertainment industry.
Applications must be received at least three (3) business days before your planned fireworks event. Applications must include the appropriate fee ($10 for Family Fireworks permits; $100 for Display Fireworks permits; or $200 for Pyrotechnics permits).
Fines related to this bylaw can be up to $50,000 and/or up to six months imprisonment.
Every Fireworks Permit or Pyrotechnics Permit holder shall pay all costs and expenses of any fire protection services, materials or resources expended or incurred by the Municipality of North Cowichan as a result of a fire caused by a fireworks or pyrotechnics event. The fee shall be calculated in accordance with the Fees and Charges Bylaw. Fees for fire department response to fireworks issue are $550 per hour.
Martin Drakeley, Fire Chief and Senior Manager Bylaw Services