Town of Canmore

Fire Bylaw & 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

pdf Fire Bylaw 2013-08 (379 KB)

Fire Bans and Advisories

The fire chief has the power to declare a complete ban on all burning within the town. The fire department, 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. For more information on fire bans or advisories visit Fire Bans and Advisories.

Fire Pit Safety

Backyard fire pits, as well as outdoor fireplaces, or chimneys, must meet Canmore's safety standards. Before you pull out the marshmallows, read more about the safety tips here.


Fireworks are not allowed in Canmore, except by a licensed pyrotechnician as part of our Town Events (such as Canada Day or New Year's Eve), or at special events that have received a permit from the Fire Department. Follow us on social media to be notified of when fireworks permits have been issued.

False Alarms

False alarms are costly, time-consuming, and create a potential safety risk. This page will provide you with a brief overview of the Town’s bylaw, however, if you would like more detail, please refer to the document linked below.  

pdf False Alarm Bylaw 2017-08 (2.16 MB)

What is the law?

A "false alarm" means any notification to the Fire Department or the RCMP, respecting the existence of a condition, circumstance, or event containing an imminent serious danger to persons or property, where no such condition exists. The fine for committing an offense has a minimum specified penalty of $250.00. 

Tips to Prevent False Alarms

  • Alarm systems should receive regular maintenance, and testing to ensure they are functioning properly.
  • Be sure everyone in the family, guests, cleaners, employees, and contractors knows how to properly operate the alarm system.
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