Agricultural Fires

The City of St Catharines requires that a free permit is obtained for all Agricultural Fire. The purpose of these permits is to provide a data base showing the locations of any properties which are permitted to burn in the rural area of the City and state the requirements that must be met. These permits must be applied for by the Owner of the property, an agent acting on behalf of the Owner of the property, or a lawful Occupant of the property with the written permission of the property.

Obtaining a permit

Permit applications shall be submitted a minimum two weeks prior to the start of any burning.  NOTE that no fires may be conducted until the issuance of a burn permit.

To obtain a permit:

  • Complete an application form - contact Fire Prevention Office to obtain the form at 905-688-5601 x4224 
  • Owners permission to apply, if applicable - contact Fire Prevention Office to obtain the form at 905-688-5601 x4224
  • Site plan drawing showing location of proposed fire, size of fire, location of all buildings, parking lots, access routes, public roads, street address, property name if applicable, North
  • Deliver all required information to the St. Catharines Fire Services Headquarters, 64 Geneva Street at least two weeks prior to the start of your burn period.

Burn permits for agricultural purposes are generally valid for a 12 month period. Prior to expiry you are required to complete an application for renewal. No site plan will be required for renewals provided all information remains current.

All permits are issued based on the following conditions:

  • A copy of the original burn permit outlining the restrictions must be available on site for viewing by the St. Catharines Fire Service
  • Must take place only between sunrise and sunset
  • Wind speed must be 24km or less as measured at the Niagara District Airport
  • May not occur on days declared or identified to be "smog" or save the air days by the Health Department of the Region of Niagara or by the Province of Ontario for the Region of Niagara
  • Must be supervised at all times by a responsible person 18 years or older and equipped with a cell phone so that 9-1-1 may be contacted
  • Must not create a nuisance to traffic or any other person as determined by the St Catharines Fire Service
  • A minimum 30m from any building, structure, property line, fence, roadway, overhead wires, or other combustible materials
  • Must not exceed a maximum of 10 metres in diameter and 5 metres in height
  • A suitable means of control or extinguishment must be within 10 meters of the Agricultural Fire location consisting of one of the following:
    • a minimum of two portable fire extinguishers with a minimum rating of 2A;
    • a vessel containing not less than 200 litres of water with an opening not less than 457 mm and three 12 litre pails;
    • Earth moving equipment (ie: backhoe, front end loader, bobcat, etc.); or
    • A portable pump along with a minimum of 30 metres of hose capable of pumping from a water source containing a minimum of 200 litres of water.

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