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New fire permit form (296 KB)
Changes to regulations concerning outdoor fires
Nouveau permis pour feux de plein air (294 KB)
(English version to come soon)
Starting June 1st, 2013, the Township will follow new procedures and regulations concerning outdoor fires. Exact details of these changes can be found in the Bylaw 2011-399 and its amendment 2011-399-A.
Here are the highlights:
- As in the past, a permit must be obtained prior to lighting any kind of outdoor fire;
- Outdoor fires are classified as follows:
- Clearing fires (usually to clear fields or brushes);
- Standard outdoor fire;
- Outdoor fire on camping grounds.
- Outdoor cooking units such as BBQs, encased cooking fireplace with a grill, a camp gas stove or a hibachi are not considered as outdoor fires and therefore do not require a permit.
Here are the restrictions:
- A clearing fire permit will be issued only during the period between the 1st of January and the 31st of March of every year; a permit will be valid for 15 days, and is valid during daylight hours only. The other usual restrictions concerning maximum size apply. Furthermore, permits will no longer be issued for such clearing fires in the Mansonville Urban Area and in the Owl’s Head sector defined as being zones OH1 to OH14;
- Standard outdoor fires are permitted only in an enclosed pit, which must be equipped with a wire mesh grill on top to contain sparks; it must be installed on a non combustible surface;
- A bonfire is considered as a fire to which the public has access; fireworks fall into this category as well; bonfires cannot have a diameter in excess of 1.2 metre (4 feet) and 1.8 metre in height (6 feet); please note that a site inspection is required before a permit can be issued; this has to be done by the fire department; bonfires do not require the enclosed pit as in standard fires. The permit will indicate a starting time and an ending time for the bonfire;
- Camp fires are outdoor fires lit on campgrounds; these campgrounds are identified in the tax roll register of the Township. Enclosed pits are not required, however the camp fire must be installed on an incombustible surface, must be surrounded by a brick wall with a minimum of two rows, without any space between the bricks, with a maximum height of 36 centimetres (1 foot).
All other regulations from the past are still applicable: before lighting you must check the provincial fire hazard indicator (www.sopfeu.qc.ca); you cannot light up if winds are strong or other risks are present; outdoor fires must be under surveillance at all times, and a fire can be lit only during daylight; a permit is issued for burning natural wood stock only (construction wood is prohibited); furthermore, it is the permit holder’s responsibility to ensure no nuisance is caused to neighbours, an obvious example of which is smoke headed directly towards another property.
Procedure to obtain a permit:
For each permit, a form must be completed, even to renew a previous permit. The form may be:
- Completed at the municipal offices, or
- Completed online on the Township website www.potton.ca, and then sent via email to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
All requests for permits are processed by the Prevention department of Magog on behalf of the Township of Potton.
- Generally, a request for a permit transmitted before 11 am to Magog will result in the permit being issued the following day in the afternoon, on workdays only (with the exception of permits requiring a site inspection). However please note that the statutory legal delay for permits can be up to 7 days.
- The permit can be picked up at the municipal office in Mansonville or can be obtained by email, again during normal opening hours of the Town Hall. Permits are free, however not having one is considered an offense under the Bylaw.
For any other questions, please address your queries to the Prevention department of Magog (Township of Potton) at 819 843-3333
The fire station is located at 2 Vale Perkins Street, in the same building as the Town Hall. Our Fire Protection Service covers the entire territory of the Township of Potton, a 262 square km area. A mutual aid agreement exists with the fire services of North Troy and Austin to allow us to meet the legally required response time.