Online Burn Permits will be down for maintenance on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, beginning at 7:30 am. The outage is anticipated to last a couple of hours. Service will be restored as soon as possible. Please check back.  


Fire Stations are open to the public in limited capacity due to Covid-19, so residents are still encouraged to renew and/or apply online. New permit applications require an inspection by Thunder Bay Fire Rescue personnel, and those inspections will be completed as soon as possible.

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue reminds citizens that any outdoor burning within the City of Thunder Bay requires a permit. Permit rules and regulations are strictly enforced and failure to obtain a permit or follow the permit rules will result in prosecution and fine.

Apply Online to purchase a new or renewal burn permit on/after December 1st and it will expire December 31st of the next year.

The use of Fire Pits, Outdoor Fireplaces and Chimineas are NOT PERMITTED in the City of Thunder Bay without a permit.

Propane and Natural Gas fuelled fire bowls that are CSA approved do not require a fire permit.

Permit Renewal denotes that the customer has had a burn permit in the previous year, it has been inspected and approved by the Fire Service and agrees that there has been no change in property ownership, address, location or construction of the fire appliance or pit since the initial permit was issued.

Any personal information we collect is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001. Personal information is collected in compliance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The personal information collected is for the purpose of issuing Burning Permits. None of your personal information will be shared, rented, sold or otherwise released to any third party without your consent.

Please have your Visa or MasterCard ready. This site does not take Visa or Mastercard Debit. A non-refundable fee of $30.00 CDN for a one year permit and $60.00 CDN for a two year permit is required for the permit.

Apply or renew online

 Online application and purchase of recreational burn permits

Apply or renew in person

For all new permits download the Recreational Burn Permit Application Form and Guidelines for Chimineas, Outdoor Fireplaces & Fire Pits and EMAIL fireinspect@thunderbay.ca for any questions.

Apply in person at any [fire station] between 8 am and 8 pm daily. (FIRE STATIONS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC AT THIS TIME)

All new permits require an on-site Inspection to ensure that all guidelines have been adhered to.

The cost to apply for a first time burn permit or to renew a previously approved burn permit is $30 (non-refundable) which includes the site inspection.  Purchase of a new or renewal burn permit on/after December 1st and will expire December 31st of the next year.

The permit is valid for the calendar year in which the permit was purchased.

Burn permit renewals are only issued to the applicant if he/she agrees to abide by the rules and conditions of the permit, a permit was purchased in the previous year, and that there has been no change in the location or construction of the fire appliance or pit since the initial permit was issued.

Rental Dwelling - Any person/tenant living in a rental structure or in an area having multiple occupancies WILL NOT be issued a Recreational Burning Permit unless the Property Owners Permission to Burn Form is completed and signed by the owner and is submitted with the application form.

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