The Township of Scugog's Open Air Burning By-law regulates burning in the community. There are two categories of burning:
You need a burn permit for all burning in Scugog, except burning within a barrel. Barrel burns must still meet the setback requirements for open air burning. Burn permits expire December 31 of the same year they are issued.
We allow open air burning during daylight hours only. Open air burning is for burning brush and wood. Open air burn sites must:
Call the Fire and Emergency Services Administrative Office at 905-985-2384 to activate your permit during office hours.
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Open air burn permits are active for thirty days. There is no limit to the number of times you can activate your burn permit throughout the year.
Recreational burns are small campfires for burning wood for recreational purposes. This type of burning is allowed during the day or night. Recreational burn sites must:
Recreational burn permits don't need to be activated.
Burning is not allowed in Port Perry and Prince Albert. Exceptions may be made for open air burning, if Scugog Fire and Emergency Services issues a special permission form after an inspection.
The Scugog Fire and Emergency Services will issue a burn ban when there is very dry weather or poor air quality in the community. Burn ban notices will appear on our website and in the local media. The notice will let you know which types of burning are banned. These burn bans are for your safety and we ask that you follow them.
Guidelines for all burning are included on the back of your burn permit. When the Fire and Emergency Services responds to complaints about burning and they find you are not following these rules, you may be charged for the services used to respond to the complaint, including trucks and staff costs. We also have the right to revoke your burn permit, if necessary.
Be a good neighbour and make sure that smoke from your burn is not drifting on to others' property. Your neighbours have a right to complain about your burn if the smoke is causing an issue on their property.