Restrictions on Backyard Burning - March 15 to April 15


Don't Burn If You Don't Have To!
Under North Cowichan'sFire Protection Bylaw, backyard burning is permitted between March 15 to April 15. However, the Municipality encourages you to use burning alternatives such as composting or taking yard waste (year-round, free of charge) to one of the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) Solid Waste Management and Recycling facilities. Please phone the CVRD Recycling Hotline at (250) 746-2540 or visit theCVRD's Recycling web page for more information.
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's Fire Protection Bylaw, backyard burning is ONLY permitted between March 15 to April 15 and between October 15 to November 15.ONLY burn when theBC Air Quality Venting Indexis "GOOD." You can check the index online or call 1-888-281-2992 for a recorded message of the daily Venting Index for Southern Vancouver Island (SRN VAN ISLAND).ONLY burn untreated natural wood and brush.ONLY one hand-piled fire per property is permitted at one time, no more than 2 metres (6.5 feet) in height.ONLY burn during daylight hours.NO burning is allowed of any chemical or material including oil, tar, rubber, plastic or garbage, construction or demolition waste, treated wood, grass or leaves.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.Burned material must be from the land where the fire is located.Proper firefighting equipment, including a shovel, a rake, and a garden hose connected to a water source, must be on hand and readily available in case the fire gets out of control.
Visitwww.northcowichan.ca/airquality 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.