Burning Regulations

Burning is permitted in the Front of Yonge Township with an approved permit.  Permits can be obtained online and must be renewed each calendar year or for brush permits, every 2 weeks. Click here for the link to obtain your permit online.

Only campfires are permitted in the village of Mallorytown, and must be NO LARGER than 3’ in diameter.  Open burners, pits, incinerators, and campfires are permitted for all residents outside of the village with an approved permit and no fire ban in effect.

Failure to obtain a permit and/or to follow the regulations found here and on the permit is subject to fines under the Township’s Open Air Burning By-law #17-17, in addition to:

  • $410 per vehicle for the first hour or part thereof (or the current MTO rate);
  • $205 per vehicle for each subsequent half hour or part thereof (or the current MTO rate);
  • Burning privileges revoked

A Township Burning Permit is used for information purposes only, and does not exclude you from liability should you lose control of your fire and/or deviate from the above conditions.

In addition to the regulations listed on the current Permit for Open Air Burning (By-Law #17-17) the following information must be respected.

OPEN BURNING – Use of an Incinerator (Burn Barrel)
Burning in an incinerator is permitted outside of the Village of Mallorytown limits when the following conditions have been met, unless the Fire Chief or his designate has imposed a Fire Ban.  Please check the local newspapers, radio, and/or municipal website for notification during dry periods.  Telephoning the Fire Department at 613-923-5216 will provide more information.

  1. Use a metal barrel that is in good condition.
  2. Use a heavy mesh screen on top of the incinerator that is less than 7mm (1/4”).
  3. Weight the screen with a rock or brick to prevent it from falling off.
  4. Keep a shovel, rake, and water available at all times.
  5. The incinerator should be 5 metres (16’) from any combustibles.  Including trees, overhanging branches, buildings, and overhead utility wires.
  6. The area is to be cleared down to the mineral soil at least 2 metres (6 ½’) in all directions.

Never leave your fire unattended even for a short time.  A fire can quickly grow out of control in seconds and cause damage.

Every person who starts a fire must:

  • Ensure a responsible person is watching the fire at all times.
  • Extinguish the fire before leaving the site (even for a short time).
  • Plan to burn during the coolest, dampest, and calmest time of day.

Never start a fire in your incinerator:

  • On a windy day
  • Before dawn
  • After dusk

Open burning can cause air pollution where smoke and odors from open fires can aggravate respiratory conditions, soil property, reduce visibility, and generally lesson the enjoyment of the property.  Section 14 of the Environmental Act reads in part, “Despite any provision of this Act or the Regulations no person shall discharge a contaminant or permit the discharge of contaminant into the natural environment that causes or is likely to cause adverse effect”.