Learn before you burn: New bylaw requires you read regulations to obtain a free open-air burn permit

April 7, 2021

On April 19, the City of Kingston’s new Open Air Fires Bylaw takes effect. It requires all residents to obtain a permit prior to having an outdoor fire.  The Open Air Fires permit is free to residents who read the open air fire regulations to obtain it. 

On the same day the Bylaw takes effect, the City will launch a new web page, outlining the regulations in plain language and directions on how to apply for a free Open Air Fires Permit.
“The application process has been designed to be quick, easy, and informative,” says Chief Fire Prevention Officer Ted Posadowski. Residents unable to complete their application online will be able to call Kingston Fire and Rescue’s (KFR) Fire Prevention Division at 613-548-4001 ext. 5123 for assistance.

The Open Air Fires Bylaw was introduced to help ensure public safety, and was developed based on best practices and extensive engagement with the community and key stakeholders. The Bylaw was well received by City Council at a regular meeting held on March 23, and received its final reading last night.

Councillors commended the fire department for its thorough community engagement and the Bylaw’s recognition of Kingston’s rural and urban landscape.