City Of Abbotsford  
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Open Burning


Alternatives to Burning

Note: Open burning is not 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 airshed. 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.

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 ten 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 a certified organic soil product that is used for landscaping, lawns and gardens. All residents receive six free yard waste drop-off coupons with the January utility bill and these are valid until December. 

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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Open Burning Seasonal Permit Regulations & 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.

List of prohibited materials
  • Animal carcasses and waste from animal slaughtering
  • Biomedical waste
  • Demolition waste
  • Electrical wire
  • Furniture and appliances
  • Paint and varnish
  • Railway ties
  • Tires
  • Asphalt or asphalt products
  • Carpets
  • Drywall
  • Fibreglass and other fibre-reinforced polymers
  • Hazardous waste
  • Plastics
  • Rubber
  • Batteries
  • Construction waste
  • Domestic waste
  • Fuel and lubricant containers
  • Manure
  • Polystyrene foam
  • Tar paper
  • Used oil

*other than lumber that has not been treated with wood preservatives or other chemicals and is not coated with paint, varnish, oil or other finishing material.

Detailed information is available on the British Columbia Smoke Control Regulations website.

List of permitted materials

The following items can be burned:

  • Agricultural materials that originate from the property which consists of dry/dead, cut down and piled agricultural vegetation only.
  • Once the application is submitted, please allow up to one business days to review the application.
  • Open Burning Permits are only valid for the property they are issued for and are non-transferable.

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

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

  • Open Burning over Peat type soil is prohibited.

Details can be found in Bylaw No. 3055-2020

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Open Burning Ban

  • 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.
  • Land Clearing burning is not permitted in the City of Abbotsford.      

  • Burning outside of those designated seasons (Spring season March 1 - April 30 and Fall season October 1 - November 30) is prohibited.
  • No burning permits will be issued outside of those designated burning seasons, Spring season March 1 - April 30 and Fall season October 1 - November 30.

  • The Fire Chief may extend or cancel open burning periods due to number of different conditions (fire risk, air quality, etc.)

  • Any outdoor open burning during a ban will result in a fine and/or cost recovery charges. Details can be found in Bylaw No. 3055-2020

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Open Burning Seasonal Permit

  • All open burning in approved rural areas requires a permit issued from the City of Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service.
  • Failure to obtain a permit is a violation of the City of Abbotsford Fire Service Bylaw, No .3055-2020. Violators could be additionally liable for cost recovery fees.

  • Permits are not issued for burning in rural areas outside of approved burning season, Spring season (March 1 - April 30) and Fall season (October 1 - November 30).

 Open Burning Seasonal Permit

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