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Outdoor Solid Fuel Burning Appliances (OSFBA) Permits

There is currently NOT a fire ban in Barrie for residents with permits for OSFBAs. Should a ban come into effect, this page will be updated, a press release will be issued, and notices will be posted via Facebook & Twitter.

Outdoor burning must be done in an approved OSFBA and requires a permit. For property owners, permits are available online and at BFES Headquarters, 155 Dunlop Street West (Monday to Friday, 8:30am–4:30pm), at a cost of $22. Permits are issued per calendar year and expire on December 31 of each year.

Residents need to meet the requirements in the OSFBA By-law # 2007-210 and obtain a $22 permit. If we receive a complaint, fire crews will respond and ask that the fire be extinguished (even with a permit). On second complaint we will issue a provincial offense notice and a fine of $305.00.

Please note: tenants require the owner's permission to obtain a permit. Tenants must apply in person at 155 Dunlop Street West (open weekdays, 8:30am–4:30pm) with the owner's permission in writing (email/letter) to obtain a permit.

Apply for Fire Permit Online

Please Remember:

  • An approved OSFBA is designed to use solid fuel, is made of noncombustible materials, is enclosed on all sides, has a spark arresting device for all vents and chimneys.
  • Fire must be kept to a minimum: 4m from any dwelling or structure, 2m from any combustible materials, 5m from the forest or woodland, 3m from overhanging vegetation.
  • Burning is only allowed from 8am to midnight.
  • Burn dry, clean wood only.
  • Do not burn when wind speed is greater than 20 km/h, rain or fog is present or when a burn ban is in place.

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