Online Burn Permit System launched for Spring 2023

The Saugeen Shores Fire Department (SSFD) is reminding residents to contact them before they start any fires or brush burning.  To facilitate this, the department has created a new online portal to apply for burn permits. 

“With spring outdoor cleanup starting, we know some folks choose to burn brush and yard debris on their property,” explains Fire Chief Ed Melanson. “Cleaning up debris and limiting the level of flammable vegetation surrounding your home is a good practice.  Make sure you do it safely – for you, your home, your neighbours, and the surrounding area.” 

A permit is required for any non-recreational burning.  Residents must apply for a permit at least 48 hours before the scheduled burn.  Requirements set out in Burning By-Law 30-2000 include: 

  • Only burning between sunrise and sunset 
  • Burning further than 15 metres from any buildings, hedges, trees etc. 
  • Burning only clean dry wood, brush or vegetation 
  • Removing all vegetations 
  • Stopping smoke from interfering with neighbours, motorists etc. 
  • Always having a fire extinguisher available 

Open air burning can include the use of outdoor fireplaces and cooking fires not involving the use of a barbeque. Using some outdoor appliances are not recommended because there is potential for personal injury, property damage and increased risk of a grass fire.

“Whether in the backyard of your home, the cottage or at a campground, make fire safety a priority,” says Chief Melanson. “Open air burning, especially if left unattended, can become difficult to control and can result in a serious widespread fire.” 

To learn more about open burns within Town limits, or to apply for a burn permit, go to