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Township of Essa Administration Centre

5786 County Road 21 | Utopia, ON L0M 1T0

Phone: 705-424-9770 TTY: 705-424-5302 Fax: 705-424-2367

Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

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Burn Permits

No person(s) or owners(s) of land shall set a fire or permit the setting of a fire without first having obtained an authorized burn permit.  Burning must be in accordance with the Open Air Burning By-law 2015-92 or subsequent by law.

A permit shall not be issued in a settlement area with clearance of less than 15 feet/5 metre from any structure.  Permit is valid until the end of each calendar year at a cost of $25.00.

Burn Permits (except for those that require an inspection) can be obtained on-line by going to on-line registration.

Permits can also be obtained from the Township Administration Centre, upstairs, during regular business hours.

Recreational/Camp Fire – in a settlement area or non-settlement area where clearances exceed 15 feet/5 metre from any dwelling or structure, deck, shed, hedge, tree, vehicular roadway or overhead wire.  Shall be no larger than 1.5 feet x 1.5 feet/0.5 metre x 0.5 metre in area with flames no higher than 1.5 feet/0.5 metre from the base of the fire; and are able to burn from noon to midnight in a commercially manufactured or non-commercially manufactured, non-combustible, enclosed container burning only clean dry wood.

Open Air Burn – in a settlement area or non-settlement areas that have clearances of 33 feet/10 metre clearance from nearest dwelling or structure, deck hedge, tree, fence, vehicular roadway or overhead wire.  Shall be no larger than 3 feet x 3 feet/1 metre x 1 metre in area with flames no higher than 3 feet/1 metre from the base of the fire; and are able to burn from dawn until dusk, and shall only burn clean dry seasoned wood or brush, branches or twigs.

Open Air Burn – Inspection Required – for fire sizes greater than 3 feet x 3 feet/ 1 metre x 1 metre in size.  Shall be set within 300 feet/91 metre of a dwelling and a minimum of 300 feet/91 metre from any other structure, hedge, tree, fence, vehicular roadway or overhead wire and shall not set fire during night hours, only between dawn until dusk, only burn untreated wood, trees, brush, trimmings.