Residential Indoor Wood Burning

May 24 2022
Updated: May 24 2022

Residential Indoor Wood Burning Seasonal Prohibitions May 15 to September 15

Metro Vancouver has released new regulations regarding residential indoor wood burning to help clear summer air.

Residential wood smoke is the most significant source of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) emissions in the region, contributing more than a quarter of the annual total PM2.5 emissions. These tiny particles penetrate deep into a person's lungs and bloodstream, and due to their small size, can easily enter buildings and be detrimental to health — particularly for infants, the elderly, and people with diabetes, lung disease or heart disease. 

Exceptions apply for off-grid residences, emergency use, or if the appliance is the only source of heat in a residence.  

Read more about the program from Metro Vancouver