Permit Required For Agricultural Burning In Pitt Meadows
Fall Burning Season (September 20 to November 30, 2021)

With the Coastal Fire Ban lifted, the fall burning season will open as of September 20, 2021.  Burning of vegetative matter is only allowed on agriculturally zoned properties with a permit per the City of Pitt Meadows Burning Regulation Bylaw No. 2688. See information below for more details and to apply for a permit. 

Reminder to residents that open wood burning is not permitted at anytime, anywhere in urban areas in Pitt Meadows (per Bylaw No.2688). This includes outdoor fireplaces and cooking pits. Propane and natural gas are permitted.

Burning Regulation Bylaw No. 2688, 2015

The City of Pitt Meadows has adopted a Burning Regulation Bylaw, which regulates how, when and where things can be burned in order to increase our environmental air quality and safety.  The Bylaw addresses the burning of natural wood material in urban and agricultural areas of Pitt Meadows. To view a complete copy of this Bylaw, click on Burning Regulation Bylaw.

There are two burning seasons per year in the City of Pitt Meadows.  The spring burn season typcially will run from March 1 – May 31 and the fall burn season will typically  run from September 1 – November 30.  Burning is permitted only on agriculturally zoned properties and a permit must be purchased prior to burning. 

Permit holders are required to call the Metro Vancouver Ventilation Index hotline at 604.436.6777 each day prior to starting a burn to confirm whether or not burning is permitted that day.  The message is updated by 8:30am every morning.  

Burn Permits will be issued for five consecutive days at time for a cost of $50.00 / permit.  You can obtain a burning permit online at or in-person at City Hall (12007 Harris Road) Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.  Please note that only property owners may obtain a burn permit.  If property owner is not able to obtain on their own, they may provide consent in writing identifying the person(s) who are authorized to obtain a burn permit on their behalf.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can I have a backyard campfire?

Open wood burning is not permitted at anytime, anywhere in urban areas in the City of Pitt Meadows. This includes backyard wood burning fireplaces, cooking fires and campfires of any kind.

Who can take advantage of open backyard burning?

Burning is allowed on Agriculturally Zoned Properties only during Burn Season.  Permit holders are required to comply with Metro Vancouver Ventilation Index Regulations which stipulate whether or not burning is allowed.  This venting index is updated on a daily basis, by calling 604-436-6777 and following the phone prompts.  This recorded message will be updated each morning at 8:30am. 

Fines will be levied against anyone who violates the venting index.

What can I burn on my property?

Only vegetative matter that originates from the property is allowed to be burned.

This Bylaw will be strictly enforced, and may result in fines being imposed on those who choose to violate the provisions of this Bylaw.  For a complete copy of Bylaw No. 2688, 2015 and amendments, visit Burning Regulation Bylaw.

For more information, please contact Pitt Meadows Fire & Rescue Service by email, or by phone 604-465-2401, or visit

What can I do with backyard waste if I can’t burn?

You can purchase “Extra Bag” tag stickers for your garden waste.  These stickers can be purchased from City Hall (12007 Harris Road) at a price of $5 each.  Adhere to your brown ‘garden / yard waste’ bags.  You can put up to an additional 2 extra bags out for collection.


Pitt Meadows residents can also take garden waste, leaves and branches to a local compost site for a fee.  Larger material and construction waste can be taken to the Maple Ridge Recycling and Residential Transfer Station located at 10092 – 236th Street, Maple Ridge.  Contact the Transfer Station at 604-466-1106.  For more information on recycling options, please phone 604-RECYCLE.

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