Outdoor Fireplaces

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.

Contact Us

Penticton Fire Department
Phone: 250-490-2300
Email: fire@penticton.ca