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Open Burning Permits for Agricultural Areas

Oct 01, 2019

Effective October 1, 2019 open burning is now permitted in agricultural areas.

Open burning of agricultural debris releases air contaminants to the environment and therefore requires Metro Vancouver and City of Delta approval beforehand, via the following process: 

  1. Applicants must first download, complete and submit a Metro Vancouver Application for Open Burning Approval at least one month in advance of your planned burn. Metro Vancouver charges a non-refundable $200 fee to cover the cost of processing open burning applications.
    Note: applicants are also required to contact Metro Vancouver on the day of burning to confirm that the air quality index is sufficient to allow burning of agricultural waste.
  2. After receiving Metro Vancouver approval, applicants are required to apply for a permit at Delta’s Fire Administration Office located at 4645 Harvest Drive, Ladner, during regular business hours. Applicants must meet all requirements of Delta Fire Bylaw 5855.

Permits are issued for daytime and weekday burning only. Agricultural waste grown on site is the only allowable burn material.

Anyone burning without a permit, or not following the rules of the issued permits is in violation of Section 5.8.1 of Fire Bylaw 5855 and liable for cost recovery for fire services as stipulated in Schedule “A” the Fire Bylaw.