Open Air Fires
A warm fire in your yard is a great way to spend time outdoors in warm weather. Your family can huddle around it on a chilly evening, roast marshmallows or just spend time together.
The regulations regarding outdoor fires are very strict. They are in place to prevent fires and to minimize the nuisance to neighbours. Bonfires and other open fires are not permitted. The Regina Fire Bylaw No. 2005-18 allows outdoor fires in enclosed burners (without a permit), providing they meet the following standards:
Fire Pit Regulations
The Fire Bylaw requires the following standards for fire pits:
- The fire is contained in a non-combustible receptacle made of cement, brick, clay, or sheet metal with a minimum 18 gauge thickness.
- When purchasing a clay fire pit, Fire & Protective Services recommends one that has been kiln-fired.
- The fire box must be covered with heavy gauge metal screen with openings not larger than 13 mm (1\2 inch).
- The only permitted fuels are charcoal, seasoned wood or manufactured logs.
- Materials that cannot be burned include, but are not limited to: waste including rubbish, slimes, manure, treated or painted lumber, livestock or animal carcasses, tailings, garbage, garden refuse or scrap, any hazardous material or dangerous good, or any material that generates black smoke or an offensive odour, including insulation from electrical wiring, rubber tires, asphalt shingles, hydrocarbons, plastics and lumber treated with wood preservative.
- Fire pits must be extinguished if smoke causes an unreasonable interference with the use and enjoyment of another person’s property.
- The size of the fire box must not exceed .75 metres (30 inches) in any dimension. This requirement has increased from .61 metres (2 feet) in any dimension.
- The fire pit must be located a minimum of 3 metres (10 feet) from any combustible material, such as buildings, porches and decks.
- Fire pits can not be placed on combustible decks or apartment balconies.
- Fire pits must be situated on a non-combustible surface.
- Fire pits shall not be used in windy conditions
- Fire pits shall be clear of overhangs, such as tree branches, utility lines and structures.
- Any person who uses a fire pit shall have a means of extinguishing the fire readily accessible at all times.
- Fire pits must be supervised by an adult at all times.
- In the event the Fire Chief issues a Fire Ban, the use of fire pits will be prohibited.
Anyone who fails to comply with these regulations may be fined $300 per offence.
Complaints can be made to Service Regina at 306-777-7000 24 hours a day. All valid complaints will be investigated by the City’s Fire and Protective Services Department.