New draft Open Air Fires bylaw makes permit free

November 10, 2020

Kingston Fire & Rescue (KFR) is seeking resident input on a draft bylaw that will regulate open air fires in Kingston. This draft proposes that the permits for open air fires be issued free-of-charge.

“We’d like to thank everyone who offered feedback during the first round of public engagement this September. We heard you! Since the key goal is to make residents aware of best practices and safety-related rules for open air fires, we’ve eliminated the permit fee from the draft bylaw,” says Ted Posadowski, Chief Fire Prevention Officer.

The draft Open Air Fires bylaw and accompanying survey are available for review and input at until 4 p.m. on Nov. 30.

KFR is proposing the bylaw, crafted with the City’s Legal Services team, to address an increase in resident complaints about open air fires and apparent confusion about what is and is not allowed. Survey participants are being asked to offer general feedback on the document as well as:

  • Definitions of key terms
  • Additional exemptions to be considered

If adopted by City Council, this proposed bylaw would introduce a free permitting process that would require residents to read open air fire regulations. This would help ensure residents are informed about the regulations they must follow to protect themselves, their families, their property, their neighbours, and first responders.