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Open air burning

Open air burning is allowed in Mississauga, but you may need an open air burn permit. You’ll need a permit to set or maintain a fire in any open place, yard, field or construction area, which is not enclosed by a building or structure.

You don’t need a permit to use:

  • Chimineas
  • Outdoor fireplaces
  • Outdoor appliances
  • Outdoor fire pits
  • Smoke houses
  • Cooking fires

Apply for an open air burn permit

To apply for an open air burn permit, call the Fire Prevention Office at 905-896-5908, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, or email fire.prevention@mississauga.ca.

You can obtain a one, seven or 28 day permit for the following fees:

  • One day – $29.55
  • Seven day – $118.20
  • 28 day – $206.84

All prices include HST.

Safety, rules and restrictions

It’s your responsibility to make sure outdoor appliance and cooking fires are safe and follow the rules and regulations listed in the Open Air Burning By-law, including:

  • Ensuring your fire is located at least five metres away from any building, structure, property line, tree, hedge, fence, roadway, overhead wire or anything else that could catch fire and burn easily
  • Making sure that your fire won’t cause a nuisance through issues such as excessive smoke or smell
  • Always watching and controlling a fire until it’s extinguished
  • Having a fire extinguisher or garden hose available

Tree, branch, brush and hedge trimmings

Tree trimmings, branches, brush and hedge trimmings don’t need to be burned and can be collected by the Region of Peel, during your usual curbside waste collection.

Make a complaint about open air burning

If you think someone has an illegal open air fire, or does not have a permit, you can report them by calling our non-emergency dispatch centre at 905-456-5700, at any time.