Open Air Burning

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General Outdoor Burning Restrictions

Except as noted below for properties having provincial Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) status, Coquitlam does not permit outdoor burning including burning of grass clippings, branches or other waste, as well as the use of many outdoor appliances.

The only acceptable appliances are those that are:

  • specifically designed for cooking food;
  • fueled by natural gas, propane or charcoal briquettes; and
  • used solely for cooking food.

Outdoor Heaters

Operating an appliance specifically designed as an outdoor heater, provided such appliance is certified by an accredited certification body recognized and in good standing with the Standards Council of Canada, is not considered open air burning.


During periods of extreme fire danger, the use of BBQ’s in public places may be restricted and a permit may be required for use. Please consult the Recreation Parks & Culture and Fire/Rescue Departments for additional information.

Barbeque Ban Exemption Permit

Failure to adhere to the open air burning restrictions is an offence and subject to a $100 fine.

Burning on ALR Designated Properties

Bylaw amendment No. 4660, 2016 to the Fire Prevention and Life Safety Bylaw now requires that occupants of Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) designated properties obtain burning permits.

  • Burning permits will only be issued during the periods of March 1 – May 31 and September 1 – November 30 during the year.
  • Permits will only be issued during periods where the fire danger rating is at ‘moderate’ or less.

Open Air Burning Permit – ALR Lands

Metro Vancouver Requirements

In addition to municipal requirements, all industry, trades, businesses and agricultural landowners are required to apply to Metro Vancouver for an Open Burning Approval prior to conducting an open burn. These approvals include requirements to minimize air emissions from open burning. For more information, please visit: Metro Vancouver - Open Burning.

Only burn when Metro Vancouver’s "Open Burning Advisory" indicates that burning is allowed.

You must call 604-436-6777 and follow the prompts to find out whether open burning is allowed each day you plan to burn.This information is available daily after 8:30 a.m.

Contact Metro Vancouver before conducting any open air burning.

Fire Prevention Division
1300 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, B.C. V3B 7S4