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People who want to have fire pits or camp fires on residential property need a fire pit permit. No other type of burning is allowed. Burning without a current Permit is contrary to City of Grande Prairie Bylaw C-1312.
Backyard Fire pits: residential fire pits are only to be located in backyards.
Fire needs to be a safe distance from other objects: shall not be located closer than 10 feet/3 meters from all combustibles (i.e. house, sheds, fences, trees, decks, power lines, etc.). This includes portable manufactured fire pits like chimneas.
Burning wood (or other approved fuel): Only burn preservative free wood or wood products
Needs to be contained safely: The pit is either dug into the ground or constructed above ground in a manner which will prevent the fuel from falling out of the container.
Allowable fire pit construction materials: The above ground portion of the pit needs to be constructed of stone, masonry, metal or other non combustible material.
Size of the fire pit: The pit should be no more than 3 feet/1 metre in diameter (or equivalent size if rectangular).
Do not place your fire pit on a combustible surface or structure: No portable manufactured fire pit (including chimneas) should be placed on a combustible surface or structure (i.e. wooden decks).
Use the proper fuel for your fire: Flammable or combustible liquids, chemicals or contaminated substances shall not be burnt. Only preservative free wood or wood products can be used.
Protection: Fire pit shall be covered by a substantial screen or grate with openings not to exceed 12.5 mm/1.25cm in any dimension
Utilities: shall not be located less than 0.6 meters laterally from an underground utility line
Supervision: A competent person of 18 years of age must supervise the fire while it is burning.
Portable fire pit: Portable manufactured fire pits including chimineas shall meet all of the fire pit requirements.
These guidelines may not apply to every situation. If you have special considerations or think that you may require further information, please contact a fire prevention officer by phoning 780-538-0393.
No Permit is required for:
- cooking food using a portable cooking appliance; does not apply to portable propane/natural gas fire pits, that are CSA approved or UL certified. Natural gas or propane barbeques are allowed to be used and do not require a Permit.
NOTE: The Fire Department does not deal with Noise complaints. Noise complaints are enforced through the RCMP and City Enforcement Services.
Bylaw C-1103 deals with Noise, Nuisance and Public Disturbances
Quiet Hours shall mean between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. on any day.
An inspection will only be carried out upon request or if the Grande Prairie Fire Department receives a complaint.
If the fire pit does not meet the requirement of the permit, the Fire Department will ensure the fire is extinguished and a fine may be issued according to Byway C-1312
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