Fire Prevention

At this time 'Open Burning' in the City of Vernon is banned. All issued fire permits for 2020 are on hold. The 'open burning' ban does not include campfires. For more information on campfires review the Fire Services Bylaw here



Custom inspections fall outside the realm of regular legislated inspections. If you require a fire inspection please use our fire inspection request form. Please contact your building inspector for building inspections. 

Fire Prevention Resources

Links: Public Fire and Life Safety Education
Links: Codes and Standards
Burning Permits

Burning Permits are available here or at Station 1, 3401 30th Street. Completed applications must be reviewed by the Fire Chief or designate prior to payment. 

  • The application for a permit must be made by the owner or the owner’s authorized agent.
  • The applicant agrees to the conditions identified in this permit.
  • The designated open burning period shall be carried out only during daylight hours and no materials shall be added after 1700 hours (5:00 pm). 
  • The smoke release for this permit shall not be greater than 72 consecutive hours.
  • The applicant shall be responsible for, and in charge of, the fire until it is completely extinguished.
  • The applicant shall provide sufficient appliances and equipment in order to prevent the fire from getting beyond control or causing damage to life or property. 
  • Burning is only to occur when the smoke ventilation index as reported by the Meteorological Service of Canada is 55 or greater, and 34 or greater for the second day and the air quality index is 3 or less. Environment Canada automated voice message system for ventilation indexes are available by calling 1-888-281-2992. 
  • Burning must be at least 100 meters from residences and businesses, and 500 meters from schools in session, hospitals and continuing care facilities.
  • Pile sizes shall not be more than two (2) meters in height and three (3) meters in width.  Not more than two (2) piles shall be burned concurrently.
  • Monitor wind conditions. If the wind is strong enough to carry sparks or embers do not burn.
  • If the applicant allows fire to get out of control he or she may be liable for a fine of $500.00.
  • The permit may be cancelled or a fire ordered extinguished whenever burning, having regard to all the prevailing circumstances, is hazardous or creating a nuisance.

If you have any questions regarding burning permits please contact 250-542-5361.

Burning permits are only issued between November 1 and April 30. 

Lock Boxes

Lock Boxes (key or code deposit boxes) provide building owners and residents certainty that their building can be accessed by the fire department.  For more information on requirements and procedures please contact