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Burning Bylaw Review

Burning Regulation Survey

CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE BURNING REGULATION SURVEY by May 16, 2021, for a chance to win one of two $50 gift cards.

The ACRD and Alberni Valley Air Quality Council are working together to introduce burning regulations for properties in the six ACRD Electoral Areas: Bamfield, Beaufort, Long Beach, Sproat Lake, Beaver Creek, and Cherry Creek. Take the survey to provide your input on:
  • health impacts of Particulate Matter 2.5
  • regulation of wood burning appliances
  • regulation of open burning
Review the resources below for more information.

Bylaw R1030: Solid-Fuel Burning Appliance Emission Regulation Bylaw (Download PDF)

The bylaw will regulate wood burning appliances within the ACRD. The bylaw will require that any new installed solid-fuel burning appliance conforms to the CSA/EPA Standard and require that any existing solid-fuel burning appliance that does not conform to the CSA/EPA Standard be permanently disconnected and removed by July 1, 2023.

Bylaw R1032: Outdoor Burning Smoke Control Regulation Bylaw (Download PDF)

The bylaw will regulate open burning within each of the six Electoral Areas and includes varying regulations for campfires, domestic backyard open fires and larger land-clearing open fires.

The bylaw includes provisions for atmospheric venting; time of year and time of day; size of fires; number of fires on a parcel of land; setbacks from combustible materials, buildings and property lines; permitted burning materials; time limited smoke-release periods; establishment of a fuel break; competent supervision; safety equipment; and compliance with provincial and federal regulations.

The bylaw provides exemptions for cooking fires contained within barbeques and cooking appliances, fires maintained by fire services personnel and fires relating to "normal farm practices" and forest practices" under specific circumstances as defined by relevant provincial legislation.

Why is the ACRD proposing new burning bylaws?

Open burning and wood burning for residential heat can negatively affect air quality in our communities, leading to both short term and long term health effects for our residents. The Port Alberni Air Quality Council (AQC) is a multi-stakeholder group that is working collaboratively to improve air quality within the region. The AQC has focused attention on the need for burning regulations within the region to better control the emission of smoke and particulate matter from burning in the rural areas. Presently, there are no comprehensive open burning or woodstove burning bylaws in place in the rural areas of the ACRD.

Island Health and the Ministry of Environment have continuously called for improved regulation of open burning within the region. The Province adopted the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation (OBSCR) in September 2019, which governs the burning of vegetative material associated with land clearing, forestry operations and agriculture but exempts smaller-scale backyard burning of smaller vegetation. The City of Port Alberni, District of Tofino and District of Ucluelet each have regulations in place for outdoor burning and woodstove appliances but wood smoke does not stop at municipal boundaries. There are real health impacts relating to poor air quality and a collaborative, regional approach is required in order to effectively respond to air quality concerns from burning in the ACRD.

Air Quality & Burning Regulation Resources

How Can I Participate?

In April 2020, the ACRD Board endorsed an eight-point public engagement plan (see below) to engage with ACRD residents on the two burning bylaws proposed for the region. CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE BURNING REGULATION SURVEY by May 12, 2021, for a chance to win one of two $50 gift cards.

Contact Us

ACRD Planning Department E: | P: 250-720-2700

Let's work together on improving air quality in our region!

Staff reports sent to ACRD Board