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Backyard burning banned in Nanaimo without permit

Burning yard waste only allowed with permit during April and November
Nanaimo Fire Rescue has issued a reminder to residents that backyard burning is restricted to the months of April and November and property owners must obtain a permit. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo Fire Rescue is reminding residents that backyard burning is banned except by permit.

The City of Nanaimo issued a press release this week reminding property owners planning backyard burns that they must familiarize themselves with the city’s bylaws.

There is no permit fee, but specific conditions must be met to obtain a permit. Residents can get a permit for one burn pile on lots at least 0.4 hectares or lots on Protection Island, as long as they burn during daylight hours on Fridays and Saturdays during April and November.

Only organic yard waste materials, such as garden refuse and pruning may be burned, and someone must be tending to the fire at all times until it is completely extinguished.

Fires cannot exceed 1.5 metres across in size and must be located at least three metres from any combustibles.

“We encourage you to review the burning regulations and obtain the proper permit to prevent unnecessarily tying up the fire department at un-permitted, non-emergency backyard fires,” said Tim Doyle, Nanaimo Fire Rescue chief, in the release.

Burning is permitted only when the venting index is good; for information, visit

To learn more about Nanaimo burning permits and regulations, visit For more information or to obtain a burning permit, call Nanaimo Fire Rescue at 250-753-7311.

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