The City of Colwood recognizes that improving air quality creates a healthier community for residents and protects our natural environment.

Open burning is prohibited.

The City of Colwood prohibits all open yard fires, beach fires and camp fires as well as land clearing, demolition and construction waste fires. No beach fires are permitted at Esquimalt Lagoon. See Bylaw 931 for full details.

Contained fire appliances are permitted (except when fire rating is HIGH or EXTREME)

The use of charcoal or gas barbecues, portable gas campfires and smokers for the curing of food are permitted.

Chimineas and similar contained patio outdoor burning appliances are permitted for residential use provided the fire rating is not high or extreme and following safety restrictions are followed:

  • Outdoor burning appliances must be specifically manufactured for this purpose – no homemade devices are permitted.
  • The fire box size must not exceed 24 inches by 24 inches.
  • Outdoor burning appliances must be installed on private property and situated on a fire-safe solid base.
  • No outdoor burning appliance shall be mounted or used above or below grade level.
  • Outdoor burning appliances must be situated at least 20 feet from any building, fence, property line, trees, bushes or other combustible materials.
  • Outdoor burning appliances must be enclosed by metal or mesh to contain the burning materials within the device
  • A means of extinguishing the fire must be readily available (i.e. a charged garden hose with spray nozzle).
  • Outdoor burning appliances are permitted between dawn and 10:00 pm only.
  • There shall be no use of any outdoor burning appliance when the forest fire rating is High or Extreme. This regulation will be strictly enforced.
  • Inspection of an outdoor burning appliance shall be at the owners request or upon complaint received by the City.

Don’t hesitate to contact the Colwood Fire Station if you have questions or concerns about burning regulations, or if you would like to set up an appointment to have one of our Fire Department Officers come by to provide you with a complimentary safety inspection of your newly installed outdoor burning appliance.