Refer to the Fire Bylaw
Regina Fire & Protective Services is regulated by the Fire Prevention Act, 1992 and the Fire Bylaw 2005-18. The City of Regina bylaw is based upon the Fire Prevention Act.
Regina Fire Bylaw 2018-49
Fire Bylaw No. 2018-49 details regulations of smoke alarms, fireworks, open flames, open air fires and fines associated with non-compliance, vacant and fire damaged buildings, street number addresses and maximum number of people allowed in a given area, as well as a minimum number of exit doors within a building.
Updates to the Regina Fire Bylaw
The Fire Bylaw was approved by City Council on September 24, 2018. The Bylaw and its contents were effective immediately, with some exceptions listed below.
Effective September 24, 2018:
- Live-cut coniferous trees, wreaths, and boughs are not permitted in exits, foyers, and corridors required as a means of egress in any building. This excludes inside residential suites and dwelling units.
- The allowable size of fire pits is now 82 centimetres in any dimension. This is a small increase from the previous Bylaw.
- The amount of flammable and combustible liquids permitted to be stored on a residential property outside a dwelling unit or associated garage or shed is 50L, of which not more than 30L shall be Class 1 liquids.
- Flying lanterns/sky lanterns are not permitted to be launched within City limits.
- Smoke alarms in residential rental properties must be tested before a new tenant moves in.
Effective January 1, 2019:
Fee schedule, including:
- A per visit fee of $95 for those facility inspections mandated by the provincial government (or Authority Having Jurisdiction) such as for child care homes and centres, alternative family care homes, university homestays, etc.
- A new fee and permit for open air fires (not fire pits – backyard fire pits must comply with regulations but do not require a permit.)
- A new permit and fee for the sale of fireworks
- A new fee to be paired with the permit for fireworks and pyrotechnics exhibitions
- Five new licenses for technicians working in the inspection, testing and maintenance of portable fire extinguishers; commercial cooking equipment; sprinkler and standpipe systems; fire alarm systems; and addressable fire alarm systems.
- A new fee for Fire Protection Compliance Reports, which provide the previous prevention and compliance inspection and order history of a particular property.
Effective July 1, 2019:
False Alarm fees:
The first false alarm for each distinct property within one calendar year will receive a warning letter and no fee. The second false alarm will receive a $300 fee. Third and subsequent false alarms within a calendar year will receive a $600 fee. Security alarms routed to Regina Fire & Protective Services will be considered a false alarm.
Effective January 1, 2020:
Changes to smoke alarm regulations in residential rental properties, such as:
- Battery back-up on hardwired smoke alarms in residential rental properties
In addition to the smoke alarm requirements on storeys with sleeping areas, residential rental properties must have at least one tamper-proof 10-year battery operated smoke alarm installed on every storey of a dwelling that does not provide sleeping rooms and without interconnected, hardwired smoke alarms.
Fire Prevention Act, 1992
This Government of Saskatchewan act provides standard business practices and policies for various matters in a fire department such as personnel responsibilities, procedures for fire investigation, as well as set penalties and fees.
Effective January 1, 2017, there are new building permit requirements for commercial fire alarm systems.