Restrictions on Backyard Burning - October 15 to November 15, 2015

Don't Burn If You Don't Have To!
As an alternative to burning, the Municipality encourages you to compost at home or take your yard waste (year-round, free of charge) to one of the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) solid waste management and recycling facilities.  Phone the CVRD Recycling Hotline at (250) 746-2540 or

Open Burning Regulations in North Cowichan
A $500 Municipal fine may be issued in ALL areas (Agricultural Land Reserve included) if the following conditions are not met:

-  Under North Cowichan'sFire Protection Bylaw, backyard burning is ONLY permitted between March 15 to April 15 and October 15 to November 15.

-  Only burn when the BC Air Quality Venting Index is "GOOD".  Find the Venting Index on-line or call 1-888-281-2992 for a recorded message of the daily Venting Index for Southern Vancouver Island.

-  NO burning of any chemical or material including oil, tar, rubber, plastic or garbage, construction or demolition waste, treated wood, grass or leaves.

-  ONLY untreated natural wood and brush may be burned.

-  NO fire may be burned that produces heavy smoke or fumes, interferes with the normal use or enjoyment of life or property, endangers the health, safety, or welfare of persons or animals.

-  Fires must be a minimum of 10 metres (33 feet) from all property lines and 4 metres (13 feet) from any structures.

-  Only one hand-piled fire per property permitted at a time, no more than 2 metres (6.5 feet) in height.

-  Burned material must be from the land where the fire is located.

-  Proper firefighting equipment including shovel, rake and garden hose connected to a water source must be on hand and readily available, in case of fire escape.

-  Fires may only burn during daylight hours. for further information or contact the Bylaw Compliance Officer prior to burning.

A person who contravenes the Ministry of Environment's Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation is liable on conviction of a Provincial fine of up to $200,000 and a Municipal fine of $500.