Restrictions on Open Burning - March 15 to April 15, 2017

Under the Municipality of North Cowichan's Fire Protection Bylaw, open 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 online at or phone 1-888-281-2992 for a recorded message of the daily Venting Index for Southern Vancouver Island (SRN VAN ISLD).

For further information on conditions for open burning and restrictions within the Municipality, please refer to

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's (CVRD) solid waste management and recycling facilities.  Phone the CVRD Recycling Hotline at (250) 746-2540 or visit the CVRD Recycling website.

A person who contravenes the BC 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.