Burning Permit

NOTE: PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA HAS ISSUED A BAN ON OPEN BURNING EFFECTIVE MARCH 26, 2020 OPEN BURNING NOT PERMITTED APRIL 15 TO OCTOBER 15 EACH YEAR. The process for obtaining a burning permit within the RDOS is currently under review. We are working to standardize the process in the region..

The Okanagan-Similkameen valleys often experience weather systems called inversions. An inversion makes the airshed susceptible to the build up of air contaminants that impact human health, visibility, and the environment.

Burning permits are required for the following fire protection areas – Kaleden, Naramata, Okanagan Falls, Tulameen, and Willowbrook. Residents within these five fire protection areas will make application for a burning permit through the RDOS office. If your property is outside one of these fire protection service areas contact either your Municipality or the Ministry of Forests at 1-888-797-1717 to obtain an open air burning permit.  Report illegal burning to your local fire authority or R.A.P.P. (Report All Poachers & Polluters)1-877-952-7277.

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Permit holders must confirm that burning is allowed on that day by checking the Air Quality and Venting Index.

To view today's Venting Index click here

3 Steps To Obtain A Burning Permit

Step 1
  • Complete Burning Permit Application Form (print the form, fill in your information, email, mail, fax or drop off the completed form to the RDOS office)
    • Mail or Fax Form
    • In Person
      Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen
      101 Martin Street, Penticton
      8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday
      Fax 250-492-0063   Email:  info@rdos.bc.ca
  • Make yourself familiar with the Province of B C Regulations
  • All Burning Permit Applications must receive approval from your local Fire Chief before an Open Air Burning Permit is issued.
  • Report illegal burning to your local fire authority or R.A.P.P. (Report all Poachers & Polluters) 1-877-952-7277
  • Tulameen-Coalmont residents only - you may contact your local fire authority or follow the steps outlined to complete a Burning Permit Application Form and Open Air Burning Permit. Contact information - (250)295.6688 or email to tulfd@nethop.net
Step 2
  • Obtain an Open Air Burning Permit
    • Your Open Air Burning Permit Application is forwarded to your local fire department for approval.
    • If APPROVED - you will be contacted by your local fire department
    • Permit is valid for calendar year - all permits expire December 31
    • If DECLINED you will be contacted by your local fire departemnt
Step 3
  • Before Burning
    • Check the Venting Index
      • Telephone Regional Dispatch (250) 490-4125
      • Burning is permitted on days when the venting index is predicted to be "Good" (55-100) at 4:00 p.m.
    • Report Your Burn
      • If it is a "Good" burning day contact your local fire department that you intend to burn. You may carry out a maximum of four burns a year.  Open air burning is NOT permitted April 15 to October 15 each year.
Step 4
  • Inspection
    • All permits may be subject to a site inspection.