sign outside of fire hall showing fire danger rating high

Open burning of any kind is not allowed in the City.

June 13, 2023
Media Release

Surrey, BC - As we enter the summer season, the Surrey Fire Service wants to remind its citizens and visitors that as of May 1, 2023, open burning, of any kind, is banned in the city.

Seasonally high temperatures and dry weather conditions present an increased risk of brush fires & nuisance smoke throughout the City of Surrey. Fire Service responses to brush/grass fire incidents continue to trend higher than the five-year average. Last year between May 1, 2022, and Nov 1, 2022, we attended over 525 brush/grass fire incidents.

Open burning including backyard fires and beach fires are not allowed in the City of Surrey. Any fire service attendance to an open burning complaint will require extinguishment and may be subject to cost recovery.

Natural gas, propane or charcoal briquettes are permitted as long as they are being used in ULC/CSA-approved devices for that particular product. Charcoal briquettes are allowed on private property but may be prohibited (when the fire danger rating is at high or extreme) in city parks and on city beaches.

For detailed information, visit Burning Regulations and Permits.