Approved Burning Devices:

"Approved Burning Device” means a device made from pottery, metal or masonry, with a firebox that is no larger than 60 centimeters or 24 inches in diameter, located in an area that will not pose a risk for fire spread and that is equipped with an enclosed hearth with a 6 millimeters or ¼” inch mesh screen completely covering the top, or a hearth that is enclosed on all sides that has a 6 millimeters or ¼” inch mesh screen completely covering the top. It may also include an approved outdoor fireplace. 

As outlined in the Open Burn By-law Number 107-2016:

A fire in an Approved Burning Device on any privately owned lands is permitted provided that: 

  1. Only clean and dry wood, charcoal or briquettes shall be burned
  2. The Approved Burning Device is not located on or near any combustible surface
  3. The fire is controlled such that flames and hot embers do not pose an undue risk of fire to nearby combustible materials
  4. The Approved Burning Device must provide an effective barrier to the spread of a fire.


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NON-Approved Burning Devices:

Non-approved Burning Devices require a Recreational Campfire Permit.

https://www.chatham-kent.ca/FireDepartment/Documents/Burn%20Permit%20-%20Campfires%20FINAL%20(PDF%20Fillable).pdf

To submit your application:  

  • Scan and email application to ckinfo@chatham-kent.ca; customer service representative will call for phone payment; permit will be emailed
  • Mail the application & payment to Customer Service 315 King St. W, PO Box 640 Chatham, ON  N7M 5K8; permit will be mailed
  • Drop off application & payment to a municipal center drop box (Blenheim, Civic Centre, Dresden, Ridgetown, Tilbury, Wallaceburg); permit will be mailed
For more information, please call 519-360-1998 or email ckfire@chatham-kent.ca 
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