Burn Permits

“Open burning” is using fire to dispose of piled materials. Open burning requires a permit from Bowen Island Municipality and may require approval from Metro Vancouver.

Open burning is permitted on Bowen Island between October 15 and April 15 every year.

Open burning is different than having a campfire (a fire for cooking or warmth that burns piled material no larger than 0.5 m in height and 0.5 m in width).

You can purchase a BIM Burning Permit at Municipal Hall. The Fire Chief will make a site visit if necessary. 

You can find information about applying for your Metro Vancouver Open Burning Approval on the Metro Vancouver website.

Types of open burning

Category 2 (Minor clean-up)

  • A small pile of material to burn
  • No larger than 2 m high x 3 m wide
  • Can be stacked by hand
  • Requires a BIM Burning Permit

Only burn when Metro Vancouver’s "Open Burning Advisory" indicates that burning is allowed.  You must call 604-436-6777 and follow the prompts to find out whether open burning is allowed each day you plan to burn.  This information is available daily after 8:30 AM.

Category 3 (Land clearing or other major burning)

  • Requires approval from Metro Vancouver
  • A larger pile of material to burn
  • Larger than 2 m high x 3 m wide
  • Requires a BIM Burning Permit
  • Requires a site visit from the Fire Chief

Please call Aaron Hanen, Acting Fire Chief, at 604-992-0552 to make an appointment for a site visit.

In addition to a BIM Burning Permit, all industry, trades, businesses and agricultural landowners are required to apply to Metro Vancouver for an Open Burning Approval prior to conducting an open burn.  These approvals include requirements to minimize air emissions from open burning.  For more information, please visit: Metro Vancouver - Open Burning.

Only burn when Metro Vancouver’s "Open Burning Advisory" indicates that burning is allowed.  You must call 604-436-6777 and follow the prompts to find out whether open burning is allowed each day you plan to burn.  This information is available daily after 8:30 a.m.

Fees

 Category 2 Burning Permit  $10.00
 Category 3 Burning Permit  $50.00

We accept cash, cheque or debit at Municipal Hall. Sorry, we do not accept credit cards.

General open burning guidelines

  • Never burn in strong wind conditions
  • Your fire must be extinguished before leaving the area
  • Always keep your fire a safe distance away from nearby branches, wood, and other combustible materials
  • Do not conduct open burning when venting conditions are “poor” or “fair”. Always call 604-436-6777 to find out if the air quality allows for open burning.

Last Updated on 2019-10-22 at 4:07 PM