Burn Permits


Thinking of having a backyard fire or burning brush? Check the current burn ban status

Central Frontenac offers three types of permits for outdoor burning. The Burn by-law, described below, provides rules and guidelines to ensure residents' safety.

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Total Burn Ban In Effect

This symbol means that all outdoor burning is banned.

Under these conditions it is illegal to burn anything outdoors. If caught burning outdoors, while under a burn ban, your fire will be extinguished and your actions may result in a fine.

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Burning restricted to incinerators and campfires.

Under these conditions it is illegal to burn anything outdoors with exception of incinerators and campfires. If caught burning outdoors (other than incenerators and campfires), your fire will be extinguished and your actions may result in a fine.

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Burn Ban Level 2

Burning restricted to campfires.

Under these conditions it is illegal to burn anything outdoors with exception of campfires. If caught burning outdoors (other than campfires), your fire will be extinguished and your actions may result in a fine.

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This symbol means that the burn ban has been lifted or is OFF.

It is legal to burn outdoors according to the by-law and the Ontario Fire Code. As always, be careful and take precautions to ensure both your safety and the safety of those around you when managing a fire.

Burn By-law

Residents need to meet the requirements in the Burn By-law and obtain a permit for burning between April 1 and October 31. If we receive a complaint, fire crews will respond and ask that the fire be extinguished (even with a permit) and will issue a fine if there is a contravention of the by-law.

Burn permits can be purchased at the Township Offices and the following locations:

  •     Royal Canadian Legion: 5967 Arden Rd, Arden,  613-335-2737
  •     Gray's Grocery:  Box 315, 14832 Road 38, Sharbot Lake, 613-279-2725
  •     Bob Bazra, Petro Can: 24544 Hwy 7, Sharbot Lake, ON, 613-279-2382
  •     Ranbir Kaillon, Ram's Esso: RR#2, Sharbot Lake, ON, 613-279-2827
  •     Godfrey General Store, Laurie & Scott: 8111 Road 38, Godfrey, 613-374-5318
  •     Goods Store: Parham (Parham), 613-375-6335
  •     Betty Dillon: 1184 Wilkinson Rd, Enterprise, ON KOK 1ZO, 613-358-2618


Even when a burn permit is not required you still must follow the rules in the Burn By-law:

  • The burning of materials such as hay, straw, tires, garbage, building materials or other materials restricted by the Ministry of the Environment is not permitted.
  • Only clean, dry and untreated wood, brush and leaves can be burnt.
  • Campfires must be at least 3m from any combustibles and 6m from the property line.
  • Burning is not permitted during high winds, extremely dry conditions, when some bothers a neighbor or when there is a burn ban on.
  • Tenants require the owner's permission to obtain a permit.

Enforcement

The burn by-law is enforced with zero tolerance, meaning all fires in the outdoors will be ordered extinguished upon complaint. Fines may be issued.

Frequently Asked Questions

 How do I find out if Central Frontenac has a burning ban on?
Should a ban come into effect, this page will be updated and a press release will be issued.
My permit was issued years ago and has no expiry date. Does this mean I am not required to obtain a permit?
No. Everyone must obtain a permit annually. ALL permits expire at the end of each calendar year.
How can my landlord provide permission?
 Written permission must be sent from the landlord to the tenant.
Can I purchase a permit for someone else?
The owner must be the purchaser. The owner can provide you with written permission for you to obtain a permit for that address.

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