Outdoor fireplaces are becoming very popular and a variety are for sale at hardware stores and garden centres. Penticton has bylaws for the safe use of these fireplaces. Wood burning outdoor fireplaces are only permitted when inspected by The Penticton Fire Department.
Camp fire and bonfires are not permitted in Penticton except at designated fire pits.
Permanent Outdoor Fireplaces
If you want to burn wood on your property you need to have a permanently installed and inspected outdoor fireplace.
For safety reasons all Permanent Outdoor Fireplaces in Penticton require a site inspection. Site inspections cost $50.00.
As per section 9.01 (c) of the Fire and Life Safety Bylaw 2004-57, persons making application to construct a permanent outdoor fire place must:
- Submit for approval a plot plan indicating location of fireplace along with the drawing showing construction and dimensions.
- The fireplace must be constructed in such a manner that limits the size of the fire area to a maximum of 4000 cm/sq (24”x 24”).
- Fireplace must not be situated within 3 metres (10') of combustibles or adjoining lot line.
- The chimney must extend at least 1 metre (3') above any structure that is within 3 metres (10') of the fireplace.
- The chimney must be equipped with a 1 cm (1/2”) mesh spark arrestor and secured with metal screws when necessary.
- A final inspection will be done by fire department personnel and a permit issued at that time.
- Site inspection cost $26.25.
- Call the Prevention Division at 250-490-2300 for a site inspection
- Permanent Outdoor Fireplaces 2016.docx [DOCX - 395 KB] the Outdoor Fire Place Information handout
Applicants must be advised that the permanent outdoor fireplace is not to be used as a domestic or commercial incinerator and Prohibited Burning Materials shall not be burnt. Only dry, well seasoned wood is acceptable. The Fire Chief under section 5.05 (b) can revoke any permit where there is a violation of any condition or requirement of this bylaw.
Once your fireplace has been inspected follow these safe burning practices:
- Burn only dry, well seasoned wood or use commercial fire logs or briquettes
- Never leave your fire unattended
- Be aware of the safety of children and pets
- Have a fire extinguisher or hose handy when using your fireplace
- Keep your fire small and watch for sparks
- Be considerate of your neighbours
Prohibited Burning Materials
Prohibited burning includes the burning of domestic, commercial, demolition, renovation and construction waste materials listed in the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation of the Waste Management Act R.S.B.C 1996 c. 482 and amendments thereto and without limiting the generality of the foregoing including the following:
- leaves, grass and grass cuttings
- wooden pallets
- demolition waste
- tar paper
- treated lumber
- railway ties
- asphalt and asphalt products
- fuel and lubricant containers
- biomedical waste
Other Outdoor Fireplaces and Barbeques
For safety reasons permanent or portable fireplaces and barbecues that do not meet the requirements for Permanent Outdoor Fireplaces can only be used for the preparation of food and must use briquettes, propane or natural gas.
A site inspection is not required.