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Posted on: March 13, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Do you know the backyard burning rules?

Open burning is restricted in the Cowichan region to protect human health by reducing air pollution. For all lands in Electoral Areas (excluding Areas F, H, I and Thetis Island):

  • Open burning is only permitted from March 15 to April 15
  • BC venting conditions must be rated GOOD
  • All burning must occur between 7 a.m. and sunset
  • Only untreated natural wood, prunings or branches can be burned (NO leaves, grass clippings, garbage or construction waste)
  • Open burning piles must be located at least 10 metres from all property lines
  • Limited to one pile 2 metres in diameter and 2 metres in height

There are many alternatives to open burning. All CVRD Recycling Centres and Fisher Road Recycling offer FREE drop-off for yard and garden waste.

For more information on burning regulations and alternatives, visit or call the CVRD at 250.746.2500 during regular business hours or Bylaw Enforcement at 250.746.2600 after hours.

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