Town of Canmore

Fire Bylaws & Regulations

The Canmore Fire Bylaw was approved July 7, 2013. This is an overview of these regulations. These regulations apply to all firepits, including front, side and back yard firepits, fireworks, fire protection fees & interference. Please refer to the actual bylaw, Fire Bylaw 2013-08 for more detailed information. Original copies of the bylaw are available by contacting the Municipal Clerk.

pdf Fire Bylaw 2013-08 (379 KB)

What is the law?

All fires must be:

  • In a fire pit or receptacle constructed of non-combustible material.
  • In a fire pit built into the bare ground or set upon non-combustible material.
  • Not within 2 meters from any building or combustible material.
  • Kept to a reasonable size (under 1 meter both height and width) and no more than 60cm above the surrounding surface grade.
  • Fully supervised at all times.
  • May be started beginning at 10:00am and fully extinguished by 1:00am.
  • You must have a means to extinguish the fire on hand at all times. The fire must be extinguished completely, so that the ashes are cold prior to leaving the fire.

You cannot burn:

  • Treated or painted lumber
  • Lumber products containing glue or resins.
  • Wet wood
  • Leaves, brush or yard waste
  • Garbage
  • Rubber, tires or plastic
  • Fire Works

No person can offer fireworks for sale
No person can discharge fire works unless a permit has been issued

Fire ban

The fire Chief has the power to declare a complete ban on all burning within the Town. The Town of Canmore Fire Department, The Canmore RCMP or a Peace Officer may ask you to extinguish your fire when a fire ban is in effect. They may also ask you to extinguish your fire if you are not complying with the regulations listed above.

Tips for fire pit use

  • Only clean, dry firewood is permitted to be burned in fire pits. Burning prohibited materials can cause dense smoke and offensive odours to neighbouring properties.
  • Smoke from fire pits can cause adverse health effects in some people. Be aware of neighbours that may be negatively impacted to exposure of smoke from outdoor fire pits.
  • Before using your fire pit, familiarize yourself with optimal wind conditions and take precautions to prevent smoke from disturbing your neighbours.
    • High wind speeds may pose a fire hazard.
    • Low wind speeds may contribute to poor air quality and reduce smoke dissipation.
    • Placing a metal grill/screen on top of the fire pit reduces the flame's size and helps prevent sparks and embers from escaping and igniting nearby materials.
    • Fines for violations of these regulations range between $250 and $2000.