Burning Permits

Burning is only permitted with a permit. NO BURNING between April 15 to November 1.

Penticton, along with other Okanagan municipalities and regional districts, are working on ways to maintain and improve the valley's air quality. Using alternatives to open burning and using good burning practices are positive steps towards better air quality.

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.

Alternatives to Burning

Chipping, grinding and flail mowing

Use chips as mulch in orchards and vineyards to increase soil moisture retention and control weeds. On-site wood waste chipping is available through area contractors.

Curbside Yard Waste Pick-up

Residents can use their yard waste cart for standard yard and garden waste. For information on garbage, recycling and waste, including a collection calendar, please refer to the Public Works department.

Campbell Mountain Landfill

There is no charge to take prunings and yard waste as well as agricultural prunings and fruit tree stumps to the landfill.

Apply for Burning Permits at the Penticton Fire Department

Station 1 - 250 Nanaimo Avenue West, Penticton
Monday to Friday during normal business hours or when available

Burning Permits: $50.00

Site Inspection: $26.25

Burning permits are sold for the calendar year

  • No burning between April 15 and November 1

Call for venting index before burning at 250-490-4125 and to give your permit number.

The Fire Chief may refuse to issue or may cancel a Burning Permit that is likely to be hazardous or create a nuisance. Watch for wind speed and smoke having a negative impact on nearby residences.

Types of Burning Permits

Agricultural Prunings

Prunings from fruit trees and vines

Every reasonable alternative for reducing, reusing or recycling has been pursued to minimize the amount of Agricultural Prunings to be burned

Permit holders must contact the Fire Department for permission before lighting the fire. Burning permission is granted at the discretion of the Fire Chief and is only permitted on days when the Venting Index is 54 or greater

The open burning is on land of 1 hectare (2.2 acres) or greater

The material to be open burned is on the parcel of land from which it originated

Prohibited Burning Materials cannot be burned;(garden refuse such as shrubs, prunings from non-fruit bearing trees, plants, leaves, grass and grass cuttings can not be burned)

All burning shall be conducted and concluded between dawn and dusk of the same day

A competent adult person will be in charge of the fire at all times while it is burning or smouldering and shall have sufficient appliances and Equipment in order to prevent the fire from burning out of control or causing damage or becoming dangerous

To owners of property less than 1 hectare (2.2 acres) zoned Agriculture as defined in the City of Penticton Zoning Bylaw #87-65 after a site inspection has been completed by Fire Services Personnel

For complete details check the Fire & Life Safety Bylaw 2004-57 [PDF - 96 KB].

Burning of Agricultural Trees & Stumps

* Special Burning Permit Required

Before land clearing begins please call Penticton Fire & Rescue to arrange for a site inspection.

Burning Piles

  • No more than 6m in diameter (Can you control the fire with your equipment and water source?)
  • Minimum of 30m away from buildings, property lines and combustible materials
  • Volume to be burned is no greater than 10cubic meters per hectare
  • Every reasonable alternative for reducing, reusing or recycling has been pursued to minimize the amount of materials to be burned
  • Materials to be burned must originate from the property where the burning is taking place
  • Prohibited Burning Materials cannot be burned
  • Permit holders must contact the Fire Department for permission before lighting the fire. Burning permission is granted at the discretion of the Fire Chief and is only permitted on days when the Venting Index is 54 or greater;
  • All burning shall be conducted and concluded between dawn and dusk of the same day

A competent adult person will be in charge of the fire at all times while it is burning or smouldering and shall have sufficient appliances and Equipment in order to prevent the fire from burning out of control or causing damage or becoming dangerous

For complete details check the Fire & Life Safety Bylaw 2004-57 [PDF - 96 KB].