Burn Permit

A fire permit, or open-air burn permit, is required for residential properties taking part in open-air burning. Commercial open-air burning is not allowed in the City of Woodstock.


Woodstock Fire Department open-air burn permit application must be downloaded to your electronic device or computer before submitting via your personal email. Please download each applicable PDF file (from below) first, properly complete the file and use the submit button located at the bottom of application to submit via email: 


If you violate the open-air burning bylaw, you may be issued a:

  • Violation notice (ticket)
  • Summons to appear in Provincial Court for violating the Municipal Code or the Ontario Fire Code.


If you're concerned about an open-air burn, contact Police and Fire Dispatch at 519-537-2323 (non-emergency contact number).

Medical Concerns

If you have a health condition that can be affected by an open-air burn, complete an Open air burning medical relief form, complete with a doctor's note, and mail or drop it off at the Fire Hall Headquarters.

The doctor's note is only used to confirm that an open-air burning can affect you because of a medical condition. It's not used to identify the specific medical condition.

To protect your privacy, doctor's notes that contain specific medical information will not be accepted.

For complete details, read the open-air burning bylaw


A permit issued under the By-law is valid for a period of five (5) years from the date of issue. It is the permit holder's responsibility to renew the open air permit by completing and submitting a new application to the Woodstock Fire Department including all supported documents required by the Chief.

Propane fuelled portable fire-pits do not require a fire permit. Please refer to manufacturer's instructions for safe operating practices. Using a propane fire-pit inside a garage with doors open or closed is considered hazardous.

Open Air Burn fines

Contact Us

© 2017 City of Woodstock P.O. Box 1539, 500 Dundas Street, Woodstock, ON N4S 0A7


Phone: 519-539-1291
Email: General Information

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