Residential Fire Pits

Residential Fire Pits

Fire Pit Permits and Guidelines

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A Fire Pit Permit is required for anyone who wants to have fire pits or campfires on a residential property. No other type of burning is allowed and burning without a current permit is contrary to the City of Grande Prairie Bylaw C-1312.

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  1. Residential fire pits are only allowed in backyards.
  2. Only registered owners are eligible to take out a Recreational Burning Permit. Renters must show written approval by the owner.
  3. Fire is always attended by a competent person of 18 years of age or older.
  4. A fire pit shall not be located closer than three meters from a property line and from any combustible material, including, but not limited to, buildings, structures, fences, patio decks, trees, and foliage as measured from the nearest fire pit edge.
  5. A fire pit shall not be located less than 0.6 meters laterally from an underground utility line.
  6. The fire pit is either dug into the ground or constructed above the ground in a manner that will prevent the fuel from falling out of the container.
  7. The above-ground portion of the pit is constructed of stone, masonry, metal, or other non-combustible material.
  8. The fire pit should be no more than 3 feet/1 m in diameter or equivalent size if rectangular.
  9. The fire pit shall be covered by a substantial screen or grate with openings not to exceed 1.25 centimetres in any dimension.
  10. Portable manufactured fire pits (including chimeneas) shall be located at a safe distance, approximately 10 feet/3 meters from all combustibles (i.e. houses, sheds, structures, fences, trees, decks, power lines, etc.).
  11. No portable manufactured fire pit (including chimeneas) shall be placed on a combustible surface or structure (i.e. wooden decks).
  12. Only burn preservative-free wood or wood products.
  13. Burning is not permitted with winds over 15 km/hr.