UPDATE: New open-air burning regulations in Kingston to take effect

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Update (Monday Apr. 19, 2021):

The bylaw regulating the setting and maintaining of open air fires came into effect at 12:01 a.m. today, Monday, Apr. 19, 2021, and promotes public safety by requiring residents to read the rules for safely managing different kinds of open air fires, according to a release from the City of Kingston.

Permit applications are available online. Once you have read the rules for the kind of fire you intend to have, you receive the permit, the City said.

“If you’re going to have an open air fire, we want to ensure it’s done safely. This bylaw will ensure transparency, consistency, and improve safety by reducing risks associated with open air fires,” says Chief Fire Prevention Officer Ted Posadowski.

There are seven permit types available for the public. Appliances that are exempted from the bylaw and do not require a permit are appliances with mechanical shut-offs (for example, propane or natural gas appliances, and grilling or cooking fires using smokers, barbecues, masonry barbecues, charcoal appliances, hibachis, and contained pizza ovens.)

“Our primary focus over the coming months will be on educating and informing residents to ensure they are compliant with the new bylaw,” says Posadowski.

To learn more and apply for your free permit, visit: http://www.CityofKingston.ca/OAF

Original Article:

If backyard campfires are one way you’ve been warding off the pandemic blues, you’ll need a new piece of paper for safekeeping.

As of April 19, 2021, the City of Kingston will require residents to obtain an open-air burn permit. In addition to the new permit, the city will launch a new website explaining rules and regulations around open-air burning in a clear and concise manner. It will also include how to apply for the new permit.

“The application process has been designed to be quick, easy, and informative,” Chief Fire Prevention Officer Ted Posadowski said.

Those who prefer the old-fashioned method can contact Kingston Fire and Rescue’s Fire Prevention Division at 613-548-4001 ext. 5123.

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