Published on January 28, 2021

Fires on the Driveway: The Safe Way to do it 

Fire Pit Tips: 

  • Certain materials can be very flammable. Ensure the area around any open flame is clear.  
  • Never leave your fire unattended. In a matter of minutes, a fire left alone can turn into a damaging fire. 
  • Ensure your fire is completely out before leaving the site. 
  • Limit your fire pit smoke by choosing the right wood, avoid green or damp wood. 
  • Avoid burning when the wind speed is greater than 15 km/hr. 

Backyard fires are allowed, but a fire permit is required. Provincial public health measures must be adhered to.  

Driveway Fire Pit Program

If you’re missing impromptu driveway chats, chances are your neighbours are too. Get outdoors and rekindle neighbourhood connections around a fire on your driveway.

Residents can enjoy a fire on their driveway every Friday and Saturday as part of the Driveway Fire Pit Program. The Fire Chief, in accordance with the authority granted to him under the Fire Services Bylaw, has issued a City wide blanket permit to all residents allowing driveway fire pits provided that all standards and conditions outlined below are met.          

 It is strongly recommended to use a propane fire pit as it does not produce smoke or sparks and is easier to extinguish.  


If you are using a wood fire pit, please follow the parameters listed.  

Location of the Fire Pit

At least three metres (10 feet) from your property lines.   

At least three metres (10 feet) from any structure. This includes structures like fences, decks, garages, sheds, houses, or any other hard to move structure.  

At least three metres (10 feet) from any vegetation, such as trees or shrubbery. 

SeatingAll seating around your fire must move easily and be made of materials that do not easily catch fire or burn.
Fire Pit Construction and Design

Portable wood burning fire pits must be constructed of non-combustible heavy gauge metal to form an enclosed burning area.   

The metal fire container must be no greater than 90 centimetres (35 inches) inside diameter or measurement and no less than 40 centimetres (16 inches) in height.   

All openings in the fire containing device must be covered with a metal spark arrestor with a maximum hole size of 0.70 centimetres (0.25 inches).   

Fire Pit Usage

The fire must be attended at all times by an adult who is competent to supervise it.   

A material capable of extinguishing the fire must be located no further than 2 metres (6.5 feet) from the fire containing device. Acceptable extinguishing capability would consist of a container of water or sand of not less than 20 litres (5 gallons), or a garden hose connected to a reliable water outlet.  

Only clean, dry wood is to be used for fuel.  

Do Not Burn

Garbage or painted wood.   

Yard or garden refuse such as tree trimmings, leaves and grass.   

Construction materials.   

Any material made of or containing rubber, plastic, or tar.  

Fire Services may require a fire to be extinguished if the fire creates a hazard for reasons including but not limited to: 

  • The fire is not being tended properly.
  • The fire or smoke coming from the fire is creating a nuisance for other property owners.
  • The fire is creating a risk of spreading outside of its container.

Additionally, please follow all current Provincial Public Health Measures on COVID-19 when interacting with anyone outside your household. 

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Last edited: October 24, 2022