Reminder that outdoor open burning of any type is prohibited within Sooke from June 1st to September 30th with the exception of small campfires (Open Air Burning and Campfire Ban in place, effective from July 6, 2017 until further notice).
For complete information on burning regulations please see the Fire Services Regulation Bylaw.
Open air burning of yard and garden debris is permitted October 1st to May 31st each year, subject to general conditions, including:
- No alternative methods are available for managing or disposing of the yard debris
- No burning permitted when winds exceed 15 km/hr
- No burning of prohibited materials
- Yard debris is thoroughly dried and fed to the fire in such a way that rapid ignition and burning occurs
- The fire is located a minimum of 6m (20 ft) from all property lines and buildings.
- A garden hose or water source is immediately available
- No incinerator or burning barrels permitted
Within the Sewer Specified Area (SSA) and on properties smaller than 2500 sq meters (0.6 acres), open burning of yard and garden debris is allowed without a permit subject to the above general conditions and only on days when the BC Government Venting Index for Southern Vancouver Island (SRN VAN ISLD) is rated Fair or Good.
Within the Sewer Specified Area (SSA) and on properties greater than 2500 sq meters (0.6 acres), open burning of yard and garden debris is allowed without a permit subject to the above general conditions and the size limitations as set out in section A above.
Outside the Sewer Specified Area (SSA) open burning of yard and garden debris is allowed without a permit any day subject to the above general conditions in section A and the following size limitations:
- On properties up to 0.8 hectares (2 acres) the fire cannot exceed 1m x 2m x 2m (3ft x 6 ft x 6ft) in size.
- On properties larger than 0.8 hectares (2 acres) and up to 2 hectares (5 acres) – 2 piles of the above size or 1 pile not to exceed 2m x 2 m x 2m (6ft x 6ft x 6ft) in size.
- On properties larger than 2 hectares (5 acres) the maximum burn pile size cannot exceed 2m x 3m x 3m (6 ft x 9 ft x 9ft)
Land clearing or machine built piles in any area will require a permit issued by the fire department and are subject to the applicable Provincial Regulations (ie. Open Burning Smoke Control Regulations).