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Burning Regulations and Permits

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Learn about Surrey’s burning regulations, burning permits, and local fire danger ratings.

To obtain a burning permit you must attend the Fire Prevention Office at Fire Hall 1, 8767 132 Street, V3W 4P1.  Note that some fees may apply to the issuance of a burning permit.

Outdoor Burning Regulations

(Fire Prevention By-law No. 10771)

There is no open burning in the City of Surrey. This means back yard fires, fire pits, chimneas, and any other type of outdoor burning other than propane or natural gas fire pits are not allowed. In addition:

  • Briquette barbecues are not permitted in City Parks.
  • There is no burning of any solid fuels at any time unless the fire is compliant with Surrey By-Law #10771.
  • Cooking fires, campfires, or burning of garbage is prohibited in the City of Surrey.
  • Chimneas or any other consumer product that is built for the burning of wood is not permitted.
  • Natural gas, propane or charcoal briquettes are permitted as long as they are being used in ULC/CSA-approved devices for that particular product.

Burning by Permit for Agricultural Purposes

Burning for the continuation of agricultural purposes is allowed by permit only. The permit holder is responsible to ensure the Metro Vancouver Air Quality Index is checked to confirm burning is allowed each day.

Burning Permits for agriculture are subject to the following conditions and limitations:

  • Burning Permits will only be issued for properties zoned as agricultural which have been classified as Farm/Agricultural land by BC Assessment and are actively engaged in agriculture/farming.
  • Burning Permits are valid from January 1 to April 30 and October 1 to December 31.
  • Failure to abide by any/all of the conditions on the burning permit may result in cost recovery being applied for Fire Department attendance.
  • Proof of BC Assessment classification or Farm Status Card will be required to obtain a Burning Permit.
  • Agricultural Permit Burning will only be allowed for materials that are relevant to the continuation of the farming or agricultural operation.
  • All materials burned must be indigenous to the property. Materials from land clearing such as stumps and trees cannot be burned at any time.
  • The issue of a Permit is subject to the discretion of the Surrey Fire Prevention.
  • Burning Permits may be suspended at any time under the authority of BC Wildfire Management or by order of the Fire Chief, Deputy Fire Chief or Chief Fire Prevention Officer.
  • Burning Permits may be suspended and/or revoked if the permit holder is found to be in violation of the conditions of the permit or conditions set out under Surrey bylaw #10771.

Burning Regulations Amended

Taking into consideration the alternatives to burning that are available in the City of Surrey, Surrey Council approved the amendments in an effort to

  • Reduce air pollution,
  • Enhance the health of our citizens and
  • Avoid costly Fire Department calls for service

Fire Danger Rating

Weather has a significant impact on wildfires – how they start, how aggressively they spread, and how long they burn.

Surrey staff monitor the province of BC's Wildfire Service Fire Danger Rating on a daily basis during our hot and dry summers to determine today’s fire danger rating in Surrey. The City updates roadside signs, digital billboards, social media and the City’s webpage accordingly throughout the fire season to advise residents and visitors of the current local fire danger rating.       

More information can be found on the province of BC’s Wildfire Status website.

Prevent Accidental Fires

By following a few simple rules you can enjoy the outdoors and help prevent fires

  • Dispose of smoking materials properly and make sure they are completely extinguished. Never dispose of cigarette butts out vehicle windows or in planter boxes.
  • Don’t leave barbeques unattended and ensure they are turned off properly after you have finished using them. Keep barbeques at least 1 metre (3 ft) away from the side of buildings.
  • Explain to children the dangers of playing with and lighting fires.
  • Properly dispose of bottles and broken glass you find outdoors to avoid them magnifying the sun’s rays and starting a fire.

If you have further questions, email fireprevention@surrey.ca or contact the Surrey Fire Prevention Division at 604-543-6780 and leave your name, telephone number and the information you require on burning regulations in Surrey. The Fire Department personnel will obtain the requested information and return your call.