Open Air Burn Permit Applications Now Available

Posted On Wednesday March 31, 2021

Cornwall Fire Services is now accepting open air burn permit applications. Permits issued this year are valid in 2021, 2022, and 2023.

Fill out the application online.

Homeowners who are issued permits must abide by By-law 2020-006. Generally speaking, regulations include:

  • Open air burns may not be larger than 45 centimetres in length, 45 centimetres in width, and 45 centimetres in height.
  • Open air burns must be at least 7.5 metres (24.6 feet) away from any building, structure, property line, tree, hedge, fence, roadway, overhead wire, or any other combustible article.
  • Only clean, cured, seasoned hard wood may be burned. Noxious materials and yard waste may not be burned. Instead, set out yard waste at the curb.
  • Residents must have a rake or shovel, as well as effective extinguishing agent, nearby.
  • Open air burning may only take place between May 1 and September 30.
  • Open air burning may only take place between 6 p.m. and midnight
  • Permits are valid for three seasons (permits sold in 2020 are valid for May 1-September 30 2020, 2021, and 2022).
  • Burning is not permitted when it is rainy or foggy.
  • Burning is not permitted if a smog alert is in effect.
  • Burning is not permitted if a burn ban is in effect.

To report an illegal burn or a nuisance burn, please call 613-932-2110 ext. 3.

In case of a nuisance call, residents must extinguish their fires immediately. If residents do not immediately extinguish their fire, the municipality may do so at the expense of the homeowner (minimum cost of $459).

Questions? Email burnpermits@cornwall.ca

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