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Who Needs a Fire Pit Permit?

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.

How to Get a Fire Permit

  1. If you are a renter, get your landlord's permission in writing to use a fire pit on their property. Make sure the landlord signs and dates this document.

  2. Make sure  your fire pit meets the Fire Department's requirements. 

  3. Purchase or renew your permit anytime, online with eServices (https://eservices.cityofgp.com)

    OR

    Get your permit in person during regular business hours.
    Monday to Friday between the hours 8:30 to 4:30 pm
    Eagar Station in South Grande Prairie
    8111 Resources Road.

Fire Pit Permit Costs:

  • $10/year for up to 5 years. No GST

Fire Pit Requirements:

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.

To Make Your Fire Pit as Safe as Possible, the Fire Department Recommends:

  • The bottom of the pit contains approximately 25 centimetres of gravel or stone.
  • A ring of sand approximately 15 centimetres wide is provided around the pit to prevent grass from growing up to the edge of the pit.

When the Guidelines Do Not Apply

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.

The Fire Department will extinguish fire pits for the following reasons:

  • Wind direction causes smoke nuisance to other properties.
  • The fire is not attended by a competent adult.
  • The fire exceeds the pit size.
  • If the fire, in our judgment, creates a special hazard.
  • Burning of Prohibited debris eg.Grass, rubbish, and/or leaves are being burnt.
  • Only  
  • The property owners do not have a valid permit.
  • Fire Ban

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.

When Does the Fire Department Do Inspections?

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

Last updated: 12/12/2017 3:42:30 PM