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Rural Open Air Burning

Open air burning is NOT permitted in URBAN areas at any time of the year.

All open air burning in RURAL areas REQUIRES a valid permit.



Open Air Burning Regulations & Guidelines

  • Open air burning is NOT permitted in URBAN areas at any time of the year. 

  • An application must be submitted in advance of the desired burn date, at least 10 business days prior for land clearing and 5 business days prior for agricultural burning.

  • Open Air Burning Permits are only valid for the property they are issued for and are non-transferable.

  • Open Air Burning Permits must be activated online the day of burning.

  • Open Air Burning Permits must be kept on site and accessible to Fire Department personnel while burning is taking place.

  • Open Air Burning Permits are subject to change by order of the Fire Chief, without notice.

  • Open Air Burning over Peat type soil prohibited.

Detailed information is available in the Open Air Burning Regulations & Guidelines Brochure and Agricultural Burning Boundary Map

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Open Air Burning Ban

  • Open air burning is NOT permitted in URBAN areas at any time of the year..

  • Absolutely no rural open air burning is permitted within the City of Abbotsford during the total burning ban: June 1 to September 30.

  • No burning permits will be issued during the total burning ban period.

  • From October 1 to May 31 the Fire Chief may extend the annual ban or declared a burning ban due to dry conditions. 

  • Any outdoor open air burning during the ban will result in a fine and /or cost recovery charges. Details can be found in Bylaw No. 1513-2006

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Open Air Burning Permit

  • Open air burning is NOT permitted in URBAN areas at any time of the year.

  • All open air burning in rural areas requires a permit issued from the Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service.

  • Failure to obtain a permit is a violation of the City of Abbotsford Fire Service Bylaw, No .1513-2006. Violators shall be additionally liable for cost recovery fees

  • Permits are not issued for burning in rural areas during the total burning ban of June 1 to September 30.

  • Refer to the Open Air Burning Regulations & Guidelines Brochure for detailed information regarding Burning Permits.

  • An application must be submitted in advance of the desired burn date, at least 10 business days prior for land clearing and 5 business days prior for agricultural burning.

  • Open Air Burning Permit Application

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Alternative to Burning

Open air burning is NOT permitted in URBAN areas at any time of the year.

There are many alternatives to open air burning in the City of Abbotsford. 

By not burning your waste, you’re helping to preserve the air quality in the sensitive Fraser Valley air shed. Open air burning not only poses serious health risks to the people who are burning but also exposes their families, pets, neighbours and the surrounding community to the toxic chemicals found in smoke.

Open air burning piles that get out of control can also be a fire risk and cause property damage. 

Using alternatives to open burning and using good burning practices are positive steps towards better air quality and making a safe and healthier community for everyone.

Compostable Collection

  • Yard and garden materials like small branches and leaves can be composted through the City’s Curbside Collection program. All single-family residential homes as well as some multi-family homes in Abbotsford  receive weekly curbside pick-up of recyclable materials. 
  • Compostable waste is limited to 10 containers per week and there is no limit on the amount of recycling that you can set out at the curbside.  More information can be found on the Residential FAQs page

Yard Waste Drop-off

  • Residents can take unlimited quantities of yard and garden waste to Net Zero Waste at  5050 Gladwin Road. Yard and garden materials are composted at Net Zero and turned into an certified organic soil product used for landscaping, lawns and gardens. All residents were mailed 6 free yard waste drop-off coupons in the January utility bill. These are valid until December 2016. 

Land Clearing Waste and Stumps

  • Stumps and land clearing waste are accepted for a fee at Net Zero Waste and Progressive Waste Solutions

  • Dimensional lumber is not accepted.

  • Several local companies offer chipping and grinding services for land clearing waste and stumps, check the City's waste wizard for current contractor information.

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