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Burn Permit

To have a fire in Prince Edward County, you must hold a current permit and activate it every day that you are burning. The types of fires permitted under the municipal by-law include brush piles, burn barrels, outdoor fireplaces/chimineas, and campfires. You do not require a burn permit for an outdoor furnace (to heat a building) or a propane-fueled fire pit.

The County recently introduced a new online system for purchasing and activating a burn permit. Visit PEC Burn Permits to get started.

If you purchased a burn permit prior to April 12, 2021, you must follow the previous process for activating your burn permit. Learn more below.

Purchasing a New Burn Permit

Online

Burn permits are available for purchase through the new online system. Permits are valid from date of issue to December 31 of the year issued and cost $20. 

Watch this video to learn more about using the new online burn permit system

Call 1.833.376.1011 to activate your burn permit. You will be prompted to activate your permit using the telephone number associated with the burn permit account. You can also activate your burn permit online by logging into your burn permit account.

Watch this video to learn more about activating your burn permit online

In-person

  • Prince Edward County Fire & Rescue Administrative Office, Station 1, Picton – 8 McDonald Drive, Picton (Temporarily unavailable during the provincewide shutdown)
  • Shire Hall – 332 Picton Main Street, Picton (Temporarily unavailable during the provincewide shutdown)
  • At all PEC Public Library Branches (Temporarily unavailable during the provincewide shutdown)

Mail

Print off a burn permit application and mail it to: Prince Edward County Fire & Rescue Administrative Office, 8 McDonald Drive, Picton, ON K0K 2T0

Purchasing a New Burn Permit for Multiple Properties

Only one burn permit is required for all properties owned by the same individual. 

When you create your burn permit account using the online system, add all of your property addresses to your account and then create your permit. When you go online or call to activate your permit, you must indicate the property where the burn will take place. 

Purchasing a New Burn Permit for Short-term Accommodations

Short-term accommodation (STA) owners/operators are responsible for obtaining a burn permit for their property and explaining the permit system to their guests. A copy of the burn permit along with instructions for activating the permit must be posted in all STAs. Guests must activate the burn permit before every fire.

Visit PEC Burn Permits online system to purchase a burn permit for your STA.

Owners of multiple STAs only have to purchase one burn permit. After registering online, call 613.476.2345 and PEC Fire and Rescue will add additional STA properties to your account.

Watch this video that explains how to use the new online burn permit system

Activating a Burn Permit Purchased Prior to April 12, 2021

If you purchased a burn permit prior to April 12, 2021, you must activate the permit by calling 613.476.7232 or 613.962.3497 and entering the six-digit number at the top of your burn permit using your telephone keypad when prompted. If you have a rotary phone, dial 613.476.2345.

Starting January 1, 2022, all burn permits will be sold through the new online system and the legacy system will be discontinued.

Frequently Asked Questions

Purchasing and activating a burn permit does not excuse any actions that are contrary to By-law 2105-2008 and may result in a fine if all provisions are not being carried out. The owner of the property is ultimately responsible for any and all costs.

Ensure you have read all the conditions, prohibitions, and enforcement terms and provisions of Burn Permit By-law 2105-2008 and Burn Permit Amending By-law 2543-2009 before burning.

Read this document for safety tips and things to remember when you have a fire

For more information or if you have questions not answer below, email fire@pecounty.on.ca or call 613.476.2345.

Only registered property owners and tenants who have obtained written permission from the property owner.

  • Online through www.pec.burnpermits.com with a credit card
  • In person at the Picton Fire Station (8 McDonald Drive) and Shire Hall in Picton. Please note: this option is not available during the provincewide shutdown
  • Any public library branch in Prince Edward County.

You can burn firewood, brush, leaves, paper/cardboard. and lumber that has not been painted or treated. Burning of garbage is not permitted. 

Yes. All outdoor fires require a permitt. This includes chimineas, campfires, burn barrels/incinerators, and brush piles. Review the Prince Edward County Open Air Fire by-law 2105-2008 to ensure that the intended location of your fire conforms to the required distances from structures, property lines, and forests.

Yes, and you must obtain written permission from the owner. Your burn permit and letter of permission must be available at all times.

When you create your burn permit account and add your address select “I/We rent this property” option and provide the email address of your property owner. The property owner will be emailed notifying them of your intent to purchase a burn permit. They will have the option to allow or deny your purchase.

The intended location of your fire must meet the distance requirements from all structures, property lines, and forests as per Prince Edward County Open Air Fire by-law 2105-2008.

No. To submit your payment click the gold “Make Payment Button” and then click the grey “Pay with a credit or Visa debit card” button.

If your address is a numbered municipal road such as 123 County Road 1, enter your street address as:

  • 123 Prince Edward County Rd 1
  • Followed by your town, province and postal code.

If your street address is on located on Loyalist Parkway or Highway 62, please use your mailing address.

OUTDOOR FIREPLACE/CHIMINEA: Must be 3 metres from any building forest or woodland and 5 metres from all property lines.

CAMPFIRE, BURN BARREL/INCINERATOR: Must be 8 metres from any building, forest, or woodland and 5 metres from all property lines.

BRUSH PILE FIRE: Must be 25 metres away from any building, combustible structure, overhead wires and located 5 meters from all property lines.

Campfire: 110 cm (43 inches) diameter x 66 cm (26 inches) height

Farm brush fire: 8 m x 8 m x 8 m (26 feet)

Residential brush fire: 3 m x 3 m x 3 m (10 feet)