Open Burning

Open Burning Restrictions 

  • Open burning is never permitted in urban areas at any time of the year.
  • Campfires and Fire pits using wood are not permitted anywhere in the City of Abbotsford at any time of the year.
  • All open burning in rural areas requires a permit issued from the City of Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service.
  • Open burning permits will be issued during designated burning seasons, Spring season (March 1 - April 30) and Fall season (October 1 - November 30).
  • Burning outside of those designated seasons, Spring season (March 1 - April 30) and Fall season (October 1 - November 30) is not permitted.
  • Open burning outside of those designated seasons will result in a fine and/or cost recovery charges. Details can be found in Fire Service Bylaw No. 3055-2020
  • The Fire Chief may extend or cancel open burning periods due to number of different conditions (fire risk, air quality, etc.).

Alternatives to Open Burning

Note: Open burning is never permitted in urban areas at any time of the year.

There are many alternatives to open 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 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 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. 

Open Burning Seasonal Permit Guidelines

Note: Open burning is never permitted in urban areas at any time of the year. While rural burn is allowed, some rural properties may not qualify. Check before you burn.