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Apply for an Open Air Burn Permit

The cost of a three-season permit is $100. Property owners can now apply for a 2024-2026 permit - apply online.

Cornwall Fire Services will review your application within 10 business days between April 1 and September 30 inclusive.

Applications will only be reviewed within this timeframe.

Open Air Burn Regulations

Council has approved an open air burning by-law, which can be read in full here.

Generally, regulations for seasonal burning on residential properties are as follows:

  • 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.
  • 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 2024 are valid from 
    • May 1 - September 30, 2024 inclusive
    • May 1 - September 30, 2025 inclusive
    • May 1 - September 30, 2026 inclusive
  • 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.

Report a Nuisance/Illegal Burn

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).

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