Thinking of having a fire? Please be familiar with By-law 2020-35 – To regulate Open-Air Burning in the Township of Douro-Dummer and to Repeal By-law Number 2015-05 (pdf – 150KB) and be sure to purchase the appropriate permit.

Pot hanging over a campfire

Permits can be obtained online at dourodummer.burnpermits.com. Users need to create an account and will then be directed to purchase a permit. Permits can also be obtained at the Douro-Dummer Municipal Office or at the Douro-Dummer Public Library during regular hours.

Fees for fire permits are in accordance with the Township of Douro-Dummer User Fee and Charges By-law. All fire permits require payment and approval prior to being considered valid. Permits requiring a site inspection such as a Special Occurrence Fire, must be scheduled – please allow up to 5 business days to process these permits.

Do I need a permit to have a campfire? Yes. All open air fires require a permit, including a campfire.

  • A campfire permit is obtained by purchasing a Residential Burn Permit. This permit allows the holder to have a campfire as well as a burn barrel, residential brush fire or agricultural fire on their property as long as they meet the clearances noted below and no burn ban is in effect at the time.
  • A campfire permit expires at the end of the calendar year (December 31st) and can be used as many times as desired during that time period (though not during a burn ban).
  • All fires must be registered prior to ignition by activating them either on the Douro-Dummer Burn Permit website or by calling the toll free phone number. If a burn ban is in place, users will be notified when they try to activate their permit.

If you need assistance to obtain a burn permit or have any questions please e-mail Jess McArthur or call (705) 652-8392 x 212 (staff may be working remotely, please leave a voice message). 

Burn Permit Types

Residential Burn Permits:

Residential burn permits allow the user to have multiple types of fire on one property for $20/year. This type of permit includes campfires, burn barrels, residential brush fires and agricultural fires. It is the responsibility of the permit holder to ensure they are in compliance with By-law 2020-35 – To regulate Open-Air Burning in the Township of Douro-Dummer and to Repeal By-law Number 2015-05 (pdf – 150KB).

    • Campfire:
      A campfire is used for warmth or cooking food. A campfire wood pile will not exceed more than one (1) meter in diameter and half a meter in height. Clearances required are 3m from property lines and combustibles (including dry vegetation). A campfire fire must be contained by a non-combustible surrounding such as rocks, bricks, a metal fire ring or a chiminea.
    • Burn Barrel:
      A burn barrel is a metal drum or similar container. Containers must be no larger than one (1) meter in diameter and height. All burn barrels shall have a heavy-duty screen with a mesh size of no greater than 6.35mm (1/4”). Clearances required are 3m from property lines and combustibles (including dry vegetation).
    • Residential Brush Fire:
      A residential brush fire has a maximum pile diameter of 2m and maximum height of 1m. Clearances required are 10m from any combustibles (including dry vegetation), property lines, overhead wires, highway or vehicular right of ways and 15m from any structure or building.
    • Agricultural Fire:
      An agricultural fire pile shall not exceed 5m in diameter, 2m in height and shall have a minimum of 20m clearance to property lines and combustibles (including dry vegetation) and 100m to any structure.
Multiple Site Agricultural Fire Permit

The Multiple Site Agricultural fire permit is for farmers that require fires on multiple properties to support farming activities. Properties must be greater than 10 hectares each. Please e-mail Jess McArthur or call (705) 652-8392 x 212 for more information and assistance in obtaining this permit type. 

Campground, Trailer Park or Resort Fire Permit

The Campground, Trailer Park or Resort fire permit is for a location with numerous campfire sites and covers the entire park. Size and clearance restrictions are the same as defined for a campfire (see under Residential Burn Permit). An annual inspection is required. The fee for this permit is $50/year.

Commercial Fire Permit

A Commercial Fire permit is obtained for the clearing of land. Heavy equipment must be available and ready to control and extinguish the fire as necessary. A commercial fire pile shall not exceed 10m in diameter, 5m in height and shall have a minimum of 50m clearances to property lines and combustibles (including dry vegetation) and 150m to any structure. The fee for this permit is $100.00 for a designated time period.

Incinerator Permit

An incinerator is intended for outdoor burning and shall conform to Sections 6.2.6 of the Ontario Building Code and 2.6.3 of the Ontario Fire Code. An annual inspection is required. The fee for this permit is $60.00/year.

Special Occurrence Fire Permit

A Special Occurrence Fire is an open-air fire that does not meet the requirements of any permit type and is specific for an event or occurrence. All Special Occurrence Fire permits require a site inspection to determine approved size and clearances prior to any fire occurring. The fee for this permit is $40.00 for a designated time period.

Burn Bans

Roadside Fire Risk signs are posted near major intersections in the Township. Burn bans are indicated by placing the “BURN BAN IN EFFECT” sign over the fire index (as shown).

The fire risk and burn ban status can be seen at any time by visiting dourodummer.burnpermits.com or by calling (844) 971-1121. Roadside fire risk indicator signs are posted at major intersections in the Township and media are alerted when fire bans are implemented.

During a fire ban all open-air burning permits are suspended and no open-air fires are allowed, this includes campfires, burn barrels and fireworks.

Certified gas appliances such as CSA approved fire tables, bowls, pits and BBQs are not considered an open-air fire and can be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions during a fire ban. A list of exemptions can be found in By-law 2020-35 and at dourodummer.burnpermits.com.