Burning Regulations for Mission
The District of Mission regulates all outdoor burning within the municipal boundaries through Burning Bylaw 2975-1996.
NOTE: Open burning of yard debris in urban garbage pickup areas is not permitted at any time. Burning of land clearing debris, construction debris, demolition waste, and garbage is also strictly prohibited within the District of Mission.
RECREATIONAL FIRE PITS
Type of Burning
Portable or in-ground recreational fire pits for personal enjoyment, cooking, and warmth – essentially a campfire.
Year-round with permit, except during extreme weather conditions or when a fire ban is in place.
Recreational fire permits can be obtained from Fire Station No. 1 located at 33330 – 7th Avenue. The permit fee is $20, cash or cheque only. Please note that if you are a tenant, the property owner must sign your application form.
Renewal is not required at this time. Permits are not transferrable between persons or property.
BURNING OF YARD DEBRIS IN RURAL NON-GARBAGE PICKUP AREAS
Type of Burning
Burning of tree prunings, twigs, branches etc.
During the months of April and November ONLY except during extreme weather conditions or when a fire ban is in place. Permit not required.
One burn pile allowed, must be kept to a maximum of 3 feet (1m) wide and maximum 3 feet (1m) high and must be hand fed.
Burn pile must be located a minimum of 15 feet (5m) from any structures or combustibles.
SPECIAL OCCASION OR CEREMONIAL FIRES
Fires for special occasions and ceremonial purposes.
Year-round except during extreme weather conditions or when a fire ban is in place.
A permit is required and must be approved by Mission Fire Rescue Service.
Special Occasion / Ceremonial Burn Permits are issued year-round (except during a District burning ban) for the purpose of allowing residents to have a Special Occasion or Ceremonial fire. The following are examples of this type of permit: Girl Guide/Boy Scout campfires, religious and cultural ceremonies, and family events.
Note that there are restrictions to the size and location of the fire. All fires must be supervised by an adult at all times and extinguished fully. It is not permitted to cause unreasonable nuisance to any other person in the neighbourhood because of drifting smoke, ash or unpleasant odour.
There is no charge for these permits, and applications are available at Fire Station No. 1, 33330 – 7th Avenue, or below:
Completed Special Occasion Permit applications can be delivered by mail, fax 604-820-8624 or in person to Fire Station No. 1. Forms must be approved and signed by the Mission Fire Rescue Service prior to commencing burning.
YARD DEBRIS AND LAND CLEARING
The burning of yard debris is strictly regulated by the Mission Burning Bylaw. The bylaw does NOT permit burning of yard debris in garbage pick up / curbside composting areas at any time. In areas without garbage pickup, burning of yard debris is allowed in April and November ONLY and a permit is not required.
Burning for the purpose of land clearing is NOT permitted within the District of Mission.
If you are located in the Fraser Valley Regional District (east of Hatzic Lake) please visit www.bcwildfire.ca for information on burning in this area or call the BC Wildfire Service Burn Registration Line at 1-888-797-1717.
All conditions apply only if such burning does not interfere with or obstruct a person’s reasonable and comfortable use and enjoyment of their property through the emission of offensive, annoying, unpleasant, obnoxious smoke or ash. If all conditions are not met your authorization to burn may be denied.