Open Air Burning
Other than controlled campfires, open air burning is prohibited by the District of Sechelt.
To help protect air quality and the health of residents, Sechelt Council adopted Open Burning Bylaw No. 486, 2012 on August 1, 2012. Please review the bylaw for details related to materials which are prohibited from being burned and for information on requirements for open burning, such as setbacks, safety and suppression supplies that are required.
The Open Air Burning Bylaw No.486 regulates, campfires, ceremonial fires, bonfires, burning of construction waste, burning of demolition waste, garden refuse, and garbage, land clearing waste and toxic materials.
Since October 7 of 2015 the District of Sechelt does not allow an exemption period for the burning of garden refuse.
Residential Green Waste can be dropped off, NO CHARGE at Salish Soils, http://www.salishsoils.com , 5800 Black Bear Road, Sechelt, BC. They accept residential self-haul loads less than 5 tonnes.
Open Air land clearing burns are prohibited as of January 1, 2014. This follows a two year phase out period of this practice which was designed to assist the land development community in adjusting to more clean air friendly clearing practices, such as chipping and composting of debris.
As long as a campfire ban is not in effect in Sechelt or the Coastal Fire Centre area, a campfire is allowed within the District and is defined as a fire:
- That burns clean
- Uses only dry wood only
- Does not exceed one metre in diameter and one metre in height
- Is contained within a fire pit or approved incinerator
- Does not creates a smoke or spark nuisance to neighbouring properties
- Does not contravene any Federal, Provincial or Fire Department regulations respecting open air burning
- Must be clear of overhanging foliage, have access to a water hose and be tended by someone 18 years of age or older.
The regulations of the Sechelt Fire Protection District (Fire Department) and Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Forests can be found at these links. Check the Forest Service of B.C. Wildfire Management website for the current campfire status. The Sunshine Coast is in the Coastal Fire Centre area.