Outdoor fireplaces are popular and readily available at hardware stores and garden centres. However, before you buy, note that Penticton has bylaws for the safe use of these fireplaces. Wood-burning outdoor fireplaces are only permitted when inspected by the Penticton Fire Department.
If you want to burn wood on your property, you’ll need to have a permanently installed and inspected outdoor fireplace. For safety reasons, all permanent outdoor fireplaces in Penticton require a site inspection, at a cost of $52.50.
How to Begin
Are you making an application to construct a permanent outdoor fireplace? According to Penticton’s Fire and Life Safety Bylaw, you must:
- Submit a plot plan for approval indicating the location of the 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”).
- The 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.
- Call the Prevention Division at 250-490-2300 for a site inspection.
- A final inspection will be done by Fire Department personnel and a permit issued at that time.
The permanent outdoor fireplace cannot be used as a domestic or commercial incinerator. Only dry, well-seasoned wood is acceptable. The Fire Chief can revoke any permit where there is a violation of any condition or requirement of this bylaw.
Safe Burning Practices
Please refer to the Fire & Life Safety Bylaw to review the list of items you can and cannot burn.
Penticton Fire Department