I’d like to have a campfire in my backyard (or light my portable fireplace). Is this permitted?

This time the answer is "No, with exceptions."


Generally, fires outside a dwelling are not allowed in the city, including backyard campfires and backyard fireplaces. Camp fires are not permitted, nor are fires in “chimineas” and other portable fireplaces. The exceptions are CSA-approved appliances which have been cleared by the Fire Chief. To achieve this clearance, first ensure that the appliance bears the CSA mark of approval and then contact the fire hall.


For more information, please call 250-352-3103.

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1. What number do I call if I need to talk to the Fire Department, but it's not an emergency?
2. Is backyard burning allowed? I have branches and yard waste I want to get rid of.
3. I’d like to have a campfire in my backyard (or light my portable fireplace). Is this permitted?
4. My smoke alarm “chirps,” what should I do?
5. My smoke alarm goes off for no reason. Why?
6. Do I need to contact you to install a wood stove or fireplace?
7. Is the Fire Department involved in the removal of heating oil tanks?
8. Am I allowed to use fireworks in the city?
9. Why do I sometimes get connected to the Fire Hall when I dial Nelson Hydro, Public Works, City Hall or Nelson Police Department?
10. Do you have any openings for auxiliary or career firefighters? Are you accepting applications?