Fire Permit Documents and Applications

bonfire, camp fire, firepit, fireTown of Petawawa residents can now apply for NEW recreational burn permits by printing the application and submitting to the municipal office.  As per By-Law 1196/18, recreational fires are permitted, under certain conditions, with a valid recreational burn permit.

Recreational fire means an open-air fire that is set and maintained solely for the purpose of cooking food, providing warmth and recreational enjoyment.  

Burning must be contained with-in a non-combustible container or fire pit no larger than two (2) feet (sixty-one (61) centimetres) by two (2) feet (sixty-one (61) centimetres) in size by eighteen (18) inches (forty-five (45) centimetres) in height.

The dimensions of the fuel being burned shall not be greater than the size of the container or fire pit and shall be totally confined within the container or pit at all times.


As part of our burn permit process an applicant must have a fire inspection of their home completed not only to verify the placement and build of the fire area against the by-law regulations but to confirm and test both smoke and carbon monoxide alarms within the home.   Burn permits are only processed upon completion of these inspections and correction, by the homeowner, of any noted deficiencies. 

This process is in place to ensure the safe management of recreational fires within an urban environment where there is density in population and infrastructure at greater risk. 

Recreational Burn Permit - How to Apply:

The application package for recreational fire permits can be downloaded and printed from the “Downloads” menu at the bottom of this page.   The completed and signed two (2) page application form along with payment of $50.00 to cover both the inspection and permit fee can be dropped in the Town’s night deposit box for processing.   The required photograph of the fire pit application can either be included with the completed application form or emailed (indicating the property address) to We DO NOT accept applications via email, original paper copies only.  


For anyone who currently has a valid recreational fire permit, please note that we are honouring all fire permits that have expired or are due to expire as of this fiscal year.  Once the municipal office has reopened, we will begin the process of issuing 2020 fire permit renewals.   This may take some time but we will communicate with each fire permit holder, by phone or email, to notify them when their renewal fire permit is ready for pick up.  Residents will then have a 30-day window to collect the 2020 permit.  

It is important that when the opportunity is available that you renew your fire permit so as not to have to begin the application process again from the start.  As long as you do not alter your fire pit at any time, which would require a re-inspection and automatically void your fire permit, then maintaining a fire permit is a small expense to safely enjoy recreational fires.
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Fire permits are individual and residence specific so if you relocate to a home that has an existing fire pit it does not mean you have authorization to have a fire.  You will be required to undergo the process of obtaining a fire permit for yourself. 

Due to the anticipated large number of new applications to be received, inspections and fire permit processing times may be longer than usual.  If you have any questions about this information, please contact the municipal office at or 613-687-5536.

We thank you for your patience during these uncertain times and thank you for your respectful adherence to protocols put in place for the greater good of the public at large.

Take care, stay safe.

Steve Knott
Fire Chief
Town of Petawawa Fire Department