Fire Pit Regulations and Safe Use
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:
When used safely and properly, fire pits can provide many hours of enjoyment. It is important to know the requirements for their construction and safe use. Fire Pit regulations govern the use of both fire pits and outdoor fireplaces.
What is a Fire Pit?
The term fire pit refers to a permanently affixed outdoor fire receptacle and a portable fire receptacle.
What is an Outdoor Fireplace?
An outdoor fireplace is an enclosed and permanently affixed outdoor fire receptacle, which incorporates a permanently affixed chimney or flue, and is constructed of brick, rock or other masonry.
Fire Pit Regulations
The regulations governing the use of fire pits and outdoor fireplaces are in place to ensure your safety, prevent fires and minimize the nuisance to neighbours.
- Fire pits cannot be used between the hours of 1 a.m. and noon.
- The fire must be contained in a non-combustible receptacle made of cement, brick, clay or sheet metal with a minimum 18 gauge thickness.
- The fire box must be covered with heavy gauge metal screen with openings not larger than 13 mm (1\2 inch) to contain sparks.
- The size of the fire box must not exceed .75 metres (30 inches) 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 be clear of overhangs, such as tree branches, utility lines and structures.
- Fire pits must be supervised by an adult at all times.
- Any person who uses a firepit shall have a means of extinguishing the fire readily accessible at all times.
- The only permitted fuels are charcoal, seasoned wood or manufactured fire 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.
- Fire pits shall not be used in windy conditions.
- In the event the Fire Chief issues a Fire Ban, the use of fire pits will be prohibited.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens if my fire pit is found to be in contravention of the regulations?
A Fire Inspector will determine whether the fire pit is being used properly. If not, he or she can order that the fire pit immediately be made to conform to regulations. Or the Fire Inspector may order the fire pit to be extinguished. The Fire Inspector may also issue a $300 fine.
What happens if a neighbour files a complaint about my fire pit?
A Fire Inspector is on call 24 hours a day to respond to public complaints. The Fire Inspector will investigate the complaint to determine whether the fire pit complies with fire pit regulations.
How can I file a complaint about a fire pit?
Complaints can be made to Service Regina at 306-777-7000 24 hours a day, and will be investigated by a Fire Inspector.