Outdoor recreational fires not permitted

The City of Guelph prohibits outdoor recreational fires (e.g. fireplaces, fire pits, and chimineas). Failure to comply with open air burning regulations is an offence and carries a fine of up to $50,000 and/or one year in jail.

Under the Ontario Fire Code, propane fuelled or natural gas fuelled appliances that simulate a campfire or fireplace are permitted, provided they meet the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000.

Cooking outdoors

Open air burning is allowed if a person is cooking food on a grill, barbecue or spit. Such burning consists of a small, confined fire that is supervised at all times. Once cooking is finished, the fire must be put out. Please note: Cooking does not include roasting marshmallows or hot dogs.

If the fire department receives a complaint and responds to the address, the owner/tenant will be asked to put out the fire immediately unless provisions for a cooking fire are met.

To learn more, call 519-763-8111 or visit http://guelph.ca/living/emergency-services/fire-service/safety-and-prevention/at-home/