CITY OF BRANDON PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

 May 5, 2021 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

 

REMINDER: PERMITS ARE REQUIRED FOR BACKYARD FIRE PIT USE

 

Brandon, MB – As we are looking forward to enjoying warmer weather in our own backyards, Brandon Fire & Emergency Services Prevention Division is reminding residents that if your activity includes sitting around a fire pit, you should ensure your fire pit is in compliance with the following regulations:  

 

  • To have an open-air fire in your yard, you must first have an approved permit. Before a permit is approved, an inspection of the proposed site/appliance by Brandon Fire & Emergency Services is required. This can be requested at no cost. 

 

  • The permit does not have to be renewed annually. A new application is required if property ownership has changed or if the original application has changed. 

 

  • If you are renting the property, you need a letter of permission from the property owner. 

 

  • Before submitting your application, be sure your fire pit appliance is within the height and width restrictions and has enclosed sides made of approved material. 

 

  • A spark arrestor mesh screen, made of metal, with openings no larger than half an inch is to be used. The brick, stone, concrete, or heavy-gauge metal must be separated from grass and any other vegetation by at least six (6) inches by means of clean earth, sand, gravel or non-combustible medium. 

 

  • At least five (5) feet of clearance must be maintained from the fire pit edge and buildings, property lines or other combustibles. 

 

  • Grass, rubbish, and leaves cannot be burned within City limits.  

 

  • If fire pits are used without the necessary permit, offenders may be ticketed without warning. The fee for failing to comply with the policy is $400.00, as per the Open Air Fire Policy 30. 

 

Fire permits and forms can be found at City of Brandon – Fire Permits & Forms. 

 

For more information, contact: 

Heather Penner 

Public Educator 

Brandon Fire & Emergency Services 

204-729-2403 

Prevention Division at fire@brandon.ca