Outdoor (Backyard) Fireplaces

Outdoor (backyard) fireplaces are popular and readily available at hardware stores and garden centres. Fireplaces using propane, natural gas or briquettes do not need to be inspected and a permit is not required.

If your fireplace is wood burning, it must be permanently installed and will need to be inspected by the Fire Department prior to issuing a Fireplace Permit.

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.
  • To arrange for a site inspection, email: fire@penticton.ca or call the Prevention Division at 250-490-2300.
  • 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 website or 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