Open Burning Season is from October 31 to April 30
If you live in a rural area, you may decide to use fire as a tool to clear land, get rid of vegetative debris, or enjoy a recreational campfire. Before you light a fire, be aware that open burning in Electoral Area 'B' & 'C' is regulated by the Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) bylaw 2514 and the Province of BC. Depending on the type of fire, you may require a permit (scroll down to see 'Types').
There are two ways to apply for a burning permit. You can apply online for a Class B permit right through our website, or download a PDF, complete the form, and send it to the RDNO for review.
Download a PDF version of Permit Applications
Avoid fines by following the rules before lighting up!
- Read and follow the RDNO's Open Burning Regulations
- Check on Current Fire Bans and Restrictions
- Guidelines on Outdoor Burning from the Government of British Columbia
One of the most common bylaw infractions that we see is burning on days when the venting index is lower than the required "GOOD" rating. Permit holders must ensure that the venting index is "GOOD" before igniting materials.
About the Venting Index
When you can burn is regulated through BC's Venting Index. The index measures how well the current weather conditions disperse smoke and pollutants. A good venting index (55 or greater) ensures smoke rises straight up before dispersing. Burning only when the venting index is 'good' safeguards against poor air quality for you, your community, and your neighbours.
|Venting Index||Venting Category||Is Burning Allowed?|
The Venting Index has a morning, afternoon and next day forecast. Be sure to check for the best time.
Open Burning Types
RDNO defines four (4) types of open burning, each with its own restrictions and permit requirements.
Do I need a Permit?
All open burns, with the exception of a small confined fire or campfire, require a permit.
|Burn Type||Permit Required?||Fee|
|Special Open Burning||Yes||$25|