Article 2.4.4.4. (1) to (2) of the Fire Code, Open Air Burning, is NOT permitted in the City of Toronto.

Note: meat smokers are not considered open air burning, and do not require a permit.

Chimineas or outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, bonfires, sky lanterns etc., are considered open air burning and are therefore not permitted. Failure to comply with open air burning regulations is an offense for which a person can be charged under the Fire Code.

Open air burning is not permitted within the City of Toronto except with approval by the Toronto Fire Services Fire Prevention Division . Written requests for open air burning authorization should be sent to the attention of the applicable Fire Prevention Division. In addition to the above, there may be concerns relating to smoke and health that are not regulated under the Fire Code. Issues concerning air quality should be addressed through the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks .

Note: Fees may be associated with the open air burning permit (if approved). Fees are to be paid at the appropriate district command office for where the property is located.

Further information on open air burning can be found on the City of Toronto website

Gas Fire Pits (Campfire Effect Units) are designed to operate with propane or natural gas. They are intended for outdoor use only, not for food preparation. In Toronto, patio campfire units that are ULC and CSA approved are deemed "approved" under the Fire Code provided they are supervised at all times, and operated in accordance with manufacturer's instructions in a safe manner and location away from combustibles.
Note : Solid fuel burning appliances are unacceptable.

To report an emergency open air burning, please call 911. To simply report open air burning (only at time of the call) during regular business hours, contact the appropriate Fire Prevention Command office.