Smoke & Burning Regulations and Bylaws
There are many regulations and bylaws that govern outdoor burning including what can be burned, and when and where outdoor burning can take place. Almost all outdoor burning requires authorization.
This regulation sets the rules about outdoor burning. It provides regulation about what can be burned, and when and where burning takes place. The regulation is meant to encourage the reduction and reuse of vegetative debris from large outdoor fires that are usually set for land-clearing, construction or forestry operations.
Many local communities and regional districts have passed bylaws regulating open burning, campfires, beach fires, and backyard burning, as well as regulating the kinds of materials that may be burned.
- Inventory of Air Quality Bylaws in British Columbia for Anti-Idling, Open Burning and Wood-Burning Appliances (2015) (PDF, 1MB)
- Review of Open Burning Bylaws on Vancouver Island (PDF)
- Wildfire Act
- Wildfire Regulation
- Environmental Management Act
- Review the Burning Requirements Factsheet for information on EMA considerations
- Wood Residue Burner and Incinerator Regulation (beehive burners)
- Solid Fuel Burning Domestic Appliance Regulation (wood stoves)