Open Air Burning Permits

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING OPEN AIR BURN PERMITS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC!

July 6, 2020 - Fire Ban in Effect

Effective Monday July 6th, 2020, the Township of Guelph Eramosa Fire Chief has declared an open-air fire ban in the township due to lack of significant rainfall and forecasted hot dry conditions. There will be no open-air burning permitted in the Township of Guelph Eramosa until further notice.

All open-air fires are prohibited during a fire ban, including those properties that have an Open-Air Burn Permit. This ban applies to agriculture burns, brush pile burns, recreational fires, burn barrels, outdoor fireplaces/chimineas or any other fires set in open air. Municipal bylaws have set fines and surcharges for those found to be in violation of the ban.

The only exception to this ban is cooking fires within approved campgrounds. Cooking fires are permitted on campsites until midnight (12am) only. After midnight, all fires must be completely extinguished.

If you discover a fire in the open, it is very important that you report fires immediately by dialing 9-1-1.


The Township of Guelph/Eramosa is not under a burn ban at this time. Currently, Guelph/Eramosa is not in the restricted fire zones, which apply to cottage country and everything north, as set by the Province of Ontario. Please ensure you have a burn permit before conducting an open air burn.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, all burn permits held by current property owners that were issued in 2019 and are set to expire or that have expired will now be valid until June 1, 2020.


Applying for an Open Air Burn Permit during the COVID-19 Pandemic

During the declared state of emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic, the Township is modifying service delivery methods in order to continue maintaining high levels of customer service while adhering to social distancing measures.

This means offering various methods for obtaining open air burn permit applications, which includes the introduction of online burn permit applications. 

PLEASE READ

Open Air Burning is NOT permitted in any residential area or rural residential area within the Township.

A permit is NOT required for cooking fires and recreational fires. However, safety provisions apply to the setting and supervision of all fires.

Permits will only be issued during regular business hours (Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

METHODS OF APPLYING FOR A BURN PERMIT:

A property owner can fill out the application online on the Township’s website. 

Once the permit application has been received, staff will review the application to determine if the property is eligible for an open air burning permit.

Once the permit application has been approved, staff will contact you with payment instructions.

Once payment has been received, staff will process the permit and send an approved copy of the permit back to you via email.

Please note, your permit application will not be processed and is not valid until payment has been received.

Apply Online

Fill out the open air burn permit application and email it to the Township office.

Once the permit application has been received, staff will review the application to determine if the property is eligible for an open air burning permit.

Once the permit application has been approved, staff will contact you with payment instructions.

Once payment has been received, staff will process the permit and send an approved copy of the permit back to you via email.

Please note, your permit application will not be processed and is not valid until payment has been received.

Print and fill out the open air burn permit application and send it to the Township office via regular mail.

Township of Guelph/Eramosa
8348 Wellington Road 124
Rockwood, ON N0B 2K0

Once the permit application has been received, staff will review the application to determine if the property is eligible for an open air burning permit.

Once the permit has been approved and accompanying payment has been received, staff will process the permit and send an approved copy of the permit back to the property owner via regular mail or email.

Please note, your permit application will not be processed and is not valid until payment has been received.

Print and fill out the open air burn permit application and drop it off at the Township office via the dropbox.

Township of Guelph/Eramosa
8348 Wellington Road 124
Rockwood, ON N0B 2K0

Once the permit application has been received, staff will review the application to determine if the property is eligible for an open air burning permit.

Once the permit has been approved and accompanying payment has been received, staff will process the permit and send an approved copy of the permit back to the property owner via regular mail or email.

Please note, your permit application will not be processed and is not valid until payment has been received.

METHODS OF PAYING FOR A BURN PERMIT:

Open Air Burn Permit applications are $25.00.

Mail or drop off a cheque to the Township office.

Township of Guelph/Eramosa
8348 Wellington Road 124
Rockwood, ON N0B 2K0

Please note, your permit application will not be processed and is not valid until payment has been received.

Once payment has been received, staff will contact you via email with your approved permit.

Once your permit application has been received and approved, you can complete your payment through Electronic Money Transfer.

Staff will contact you with payment instructions for online payment.

Please note, your permit application will not be processed and is not valid until payment has been received.

Once payment has been received, staff will contact you via email with your approved permit.

Once your permit application has been received and approved, you can complete your payment with a credit card.

During regular business hours (8:30 am – 4:30 pm), call in a credit card (VISA or MasterCard). Please call 519-856-9596 ext. 101. If you get voicemail, please leave your name, phone number and that you’re calling for a burn permit payment and staff will get back to you as soon as possible.

Please note, your permit application will not be processed and is not valid until payment has been received.

Once payment has been received, staff will contact you via email with your approved permit.


Any Open Air Burning requires a permit issued by the Township. 

Open Air Burning is defined as the ignition or incineration by fire of combustibles for the purpose of burning grass, clean wood other combustibles in any open place, yard, field or construction area, which is not enclosed by a building or structure and includes fires in barrels and Fire Pits.

Open Air Burning is not permitted in any residential area or rural residential area within the Township unless approved by a permit and is generally only permitted if the property has indicated they meet the setback requirements of 7m from any building, structure, hedge, fence, road, overhead wire, trees or obstruction of any kind.

NOTE: A permit is not required for cooking fires and recreational fires. However, safety provisions apply to the setting and supervision of all fires.

View our Guide to Open Air Burning Brochure to understand the difference between cooking fires, recreational fires, and open air burning and the by-law provision for these types of fires.


How do I get an Open Air Burning Permit?

Complete the Open Air Burning Application Form and, along with the required fee, submit your application by:

  • Visiting the Township Municipal Office during regular business hours; or
  • Dropping it off at the secure after-hours drop slot located at the front door of the Township Municipal Office; or
  • Mailing your application and fee to the Township Municipal Office (8348 Wellington Road 124, P.O. Box 700, Rockwood, ON N0B 2K0). Cheques can be made payable to the Township of Guelph/Eramosa.
  • Please note that the application MUST be signed by the owner of the property.

Permit Fee

The fee for the permit is $25.00 and is valid for one year from the date that your permit is issued.


For more information

For additional information regarding the regulations (such as burning times, setbacks from structures, size of pits) please review the Open Air Burning By-law 39/2017.

For additional information, please contact Fire Services at 519-856-9637 or email mwilliamson@get.on.ca or Legislative Services at 519-856-9596 ext.101 or ext.125 or email mfeenstra@get.on.ca.