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Regulations

Fireworks are regulated by Natural Resources Canada, the Explosives Act, the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act and the Alberta Fire Code. The Alberta Fire Code applies to the sale and discharge of fireworks and pyrotechnic devices.

Permits are required

The City of Grande Prairie requires a permit for:

  • Selling consumer fireworks at commercial outlets ($150.00)
  • Purchasing consumer fireworks at a commercial outlet ($40.00)
  • Possession of consumer fireworks
  • Display of consumer fireworks ($20.00). A Park Use Permit is also required because designated City parks are the only allowable areas for display.
  • Fireworks are ONLY allowed to be displayed on private lands (1) hectare / (2.5) acres, or greater in area, and must be 50 meters or greater from property line.
  • High hazard fireworks and pyrotechnic displays (see below)

Fireworks Permit

Individuals wanting to purchase fireworks require a permit - Fireworks Permit - Purchase and Possess. Applications to obtain a permit must be made in person at the Pete Eagar Fire Station located at 8111 - Resources Road. Information required includes:

  • name
  • address
  • signature
  • be 18 years of age or older (identification may be required)
  • fee of $40.00
  • each additional display $20.00

*Please Note - Fireworks Permits are only available Monday to Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm*

If you require more information, call 780-538-0393 and ask to speak with Fire Prevention.
Check out the the National Fire Protection Association for more information regarding fireworks safety.

Commercial Permits Commercial Permits for High Hazard Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Displays

Commercial permits are necessary for high hazard fireworks and pyrotechnic displays. The person applying for this permit must:

  • Be a valid pyrotechnics display certificate holder
  • Provide liability insurance
  • Provide a site plan of the firing area
  • Provide a complete list of fireworks for the display.

A site inspection may also be required.

Fire Crackers

Fire crackers are prohibited in Alberta.

Flying Lanterns

Flying Lanterns are prohibited in Alberta. 

Enforcement

A Fire Safety Codes Officer has the authority to halt a display for any reason and to seize the fireworks and dispose of them. Failure to comply could result in a fine of not more than $100,000.00 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both fines and imprisonment for a first offence.

Remember, fireworks are explosives and can cause serious injury or death.

Infographics

Consumer fireworks infographic

Last updated: 12/12/2017 3:55:10 PM