Residents who like to celebrate Halloween (Oct. 31) or Guy Fawkes Day (Nov. 5) with a backyard bonfire are required to apply for a one-time special event permit.
Application forms can be found at fire.nanaimo.ca, and separate permits are required for each event. Applications must be e-mailed to Nanaimo Fire Rescue at firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped off at 580 Fitzwilliam St.
Fees for both dates have been waived, and the address of the residence hosting the fire and contact telephone number will be recorded.
Regulations apply to fires for both dates including: bonfires do not exceed four feet in diameter; commercial waste such as plastics or other toxic chemicals are not to be burned; and a charged garden hose and shovel are required and must be kept at the location of the fire.
Fires will only be permitted from 6 p.m. to midnight, and must be completely extinguished by midnight.