Residents not allowed to burn yard waste within city limits

City of St. Catharines press release – While nicer weather may have some residents thinking about spring yard clean ups or enjoying more time outside Acting Fire Chief Jeff McCormick reminds residents that burning away yard waste and backyard bonfires are not allowed in St. Catharines.

The City’s open air burning by-law prohibits open air burning within the urban areas of St. Catharines. And while the by-law does allow for some types of burning in agricultural areas, it can be only be done under permit.

“Our primary concern is to prevent fire and smoke related issues that impact public safety,” said the acting fire chief. “There are many areas within St. Catharines where homes are so close together that an out of control fire could spread very quickly to adjoining properties.

“Also, the smoke from open air burning can create a nuisance to neighbouring properties. Our open air burning requirements were developed with the safety and well-being of all residents in mind.”

Burn permits for designated agricultural areas are free, easy to acquire and help ensure the burns are done safely and meet the requirements of the City’s open air burning by-law. Permits are available at the City’s Fire Prevention Office (8 Academy St.)

Visit or call the Fire Prevention Office at 905.688.5601 ext. 4224 for more information about open air burning in St. Catharines.