Open Air Burning in PCSP

UPDATE – April 24, 2020:

The Provincial Government has released the following:

A ban on open fires is now in effect for all of NL. The ban specifically prohibits the setting of all open fires on forest land or within 300 meters of forest land for all regions of the province. Click the link to view the release:

The provincial ban does not include the use of outdoor fire pits, wood burning ovens, chimeneas or fire barrels nor are permits required.  However, please refer to backyard fireplace safety tips below:

Backyard Fireplace Safety Tips

Under normal circumstances, the information below would apply for residents of Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s. However, until September 2020 there is a province-wide ban on all open fires.

Residents or persons wishing to have an open air fire for the burning of brush or grass during spring clean-up are reminded that this is an extremely dangerous time for doing so. Dead vegetation and dry grass is extremely susceptible to quick fire spread on dry days.

Residents are reminded that a town permit is required at any time during the year for open air burning. The application for an open air permit is now available online here.

Note: Permits are issued only for the burning of natural brush and grass etc. It is not permissible to utilize such a fire to dispose of garbage, building materials or other debris.

Furthermore, persons are reminded that the 2019 forest fire season is in effect from May 1 to September 30 (The 2020 season dates are not yet announced). During forest fire season, two permits are required for open air burning:

(1)  First, persons MUST acquire a permit from the Forestry Office at Paddy’s Pond for any open air fires.

(2)  Second, persons must present their obtained Forestry permit in order to acquire the town permit.

Please contact the Fire Department at 895-8000 ext. 267, or the town office front desk for any other information required.

The town burning regulation may be viewed at the following link: