Open air burning includes bonfires, fire pits, sky lanterns and the use of various types of outdoor fireplaces (also known as a “Chiminea”). Although outdoor fireplaces can be purchased at retail outlets throughout the city, it does not mean open air burning is permitted for their use.
Open air burning is not permitted within the City of Toronto and is enforceable under Ontario Fire Code Article 188.8.131.52.
(1) Open-air burning shall not take place unless
(a) it has been approved, or
(b) the open-air burning consists of a small, confined fire that is
(i) used to cook food on a grill, barbecue or spit,
(ii) commensurate with the type and quantity of food being cooked, and
(iii) supervised at all times.
(2) Sentence (1) does not apply to the use of an appliance that
(a) meets the requirements of the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000,
(b) is for outdoor use,
(c) if assembled, has been assembled in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, and
(d) if installed, has been installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
At no time is it permissible to burn leaves, rubbish or anything else that is not related to cooking as described above. Any open air burning that does not meet the above requirements in the Ontario Fire Code shall be extinguished.
There are some rare occasions where open-air burns are approved, examples of these would include:
Note: Solid fuel burning appliances are unacceptable.
For clarification or additional information regarding open air burning contact Fire Prevention Monday to Friday between 7:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m at:
Wards: 6-York Centre, 8-Eglinton-Lawrence, 15-Don Valley West, 16 Don Valley East, 17-Don Valley North, 18-Willowdale
5100 Yonge Street
Wards: 14-Toronto-Danforth, 19-Beaches-East York, 20-Scarborough Southwest, 21-Scarborough Centre, 22-Scarborough-Agincourt, 23-Scarborough North, 24-Scarborough-Guildwood, 25-Scarborough-Rouge Park
150 Borough Drive
Wards: 9-Davenport, 10-Spadina-Fort York, 11-University-Rosedale, 12-Toronto-St.Paul’s, 13-Toronto Centre
77 Elizabeth Street
Wards: 1-Etobicoke North, 2-Etobicoke Centre, 3-Etobicoke-Lakeshore, 4-Parkdale-High Park, 5-York South-Weston, 7-Humber River-Black Creek
399 The West Mall
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