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Burn Permits

All outdoor burning in Springwater Township requires a Burning Permit. 

For more details on prohibited burning areas and user fees, check the Open Burning By-law and Fire Permits for Agricultural Properties in Restricted Burning Areas

The Fire Chief reserves the right to declare Opening Burning Bans during tinder dry weather conditions. No fires are permitted during a Fire Ban. For more information about Fire Permits, contact the Fire Department.


Online Recreational Burn Permits

Link to Online Burn Permit Application

Springwater continues to improve its suite of digital service options with the introduction of online Recreational Burn Permits. 

Effective February 1, 2016, Recreational Burn Permits cost $15 per calendar year, regardless of the number of fires held. 

Permits can also be obtained at 2303 Ronald Rd, Minesing (Station 3) or 2231 Nursery Rd, Minesing (Township Administration Building) between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm, Monday to Friday (excluding holidays) or at any of the three library branches (Midhurst, Elmvale and Minesing) during regular business hours.

Recreational Burn Permit:

Recreational fires are the only outdoor fires permitted in Anten Mills, Centre Vespra, Elmvale, Hillsdale, Midhurst, Minesing, Orr Lake, Phelpston and Snow Valley.

Effective February 1, 2016, Recreational Burn Permits cost $15 per calendar year, regardless of the number of fires held. Get your Recreational Burn Permit online here.

Recreational Fire Rules:

  1. Recreational Fire Permit shall only be issued to the property owner.
  2. Recreational Fire Permit must be obtained from the Fire Chief or designate prior to igniting the fire.
  3. Must not exceed .75m in diameter by .75m in height.
  4. Only clean wood products may be burned.
  5. Petroleum products, rubber, rubbish, grass, leaves, pine needles or any material that may cause excessive smoke is not permitted to be burned.
  6. Recreational fires must be supervised by a competent person at all times until completely extinguished.
  7. There must be present and in close proximity adequate means to extinguish the fire.
  8. A minimum distance of 3m to combustible materials must be maintained at all times.
  9. Recreational fires shall not be permitted when the wind speeds exceed 20km/ph or the wind direction is changing frequently.
  10. Recreational fires shall be forbidden when a Fire Ban has been declared by the Chief Fire Official or designate.
  11. Outdoor fire places may be used for recreational fires, in a fire safe location. Not permitted on a combustible area.
  12. The responsible party is accountable for any smoke generated by the recreational fire.
  13. A copy of the recreational fire permit shall be presented upon request.

Note: Burning in a barrel is not permitted in Springwater Township.

Open Air Burn Permit

Open air burn permits are only issued to rural properties within the Township. The permits are $15. You can obtain an open air burn permit at 2303 Ronald Rd, Minesing (Cash or cheque) or 2231 Nursery Rd, Minesing (Cash, cheque or credit). Burning under permit MUST meet all Ministry of Environment requirements:

Open Air Burn Rules:

  1. Open Burn Fire Permit shall only be issued to the property owner.
  2. Open Burning must occur between sunrise and sunset only.
  3. Open Burn Fire Permit must be obtained from the Fire Chief or designate prior to igniting the fire.
  4. A telephone number where the property owner can be reached must be provided.
  5. A responsible party of legal age must be in attendance with the Open Burn at all times and supervise the burn until it is completely extinguished.
  6. The responsible party of the Open Burn shall be equipped with sufficient water or tools to contain the fire and must have a means of contacting the Fire and Emergency Services Department in case of an emergency.
  7. The Open Burn is not permitted during a fire ban, snow, fog or rain conditions, when an Air Quality Advisory has been posted, and when the wind speed exceeds 20 km/h or the wind direction is changing frequently.
  8. Only clean dry brush, wood products and natural organic material may be burned.
  9. Petroleum products, plastics, rubber, painted lumber or any other material shall not be burned.
  10. An area of a minimum 15m adjacent to the Open Burn shall be cleared of all combustible material.
  11. Piled material to be burned shall not be more than 2m in diameter and 2m in height.
  12. The responsible party is accountable for any smoke generated by the open burn.
  13. A copy of the open burn fire permit shall be presented upon request.
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