B.C. Air Quality

Municipal Smoke-Control Bylaws

Over 160 communities and regional districts have passed their own, individualized bylaws regulating open burning, campfires, beach fires, and backyard burning as well as regulating the kinds of materials that may be burned.

See the Air Quality Bylaws Inventory in British Columbia for more information on municipal burning bylaws and the Updated 2015 British Columbia Air Quality Bylaw Inventory (PDF: 1.2 MB/117 pages).

The Ministry of Environment has developed a model backyard-burning bylaw that local governments can use as the basis of their own bylaw: Model Municipal Bylaw for Regulating Residential Backyard Burning (PDF: 2.45MB/18 pages).

For information on provincial laws related to smoke control, see A Smoke Management Framework for British Columbia.


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