Update September 29, 2017: Effective Friday, September 29th at 12:00 noon, the Coastal Fire Centre will be lifting the current prohibitions on open burning in the Coastal region. This will allow the City of Pitt Meadows Fall Burning Season to commence, effective the next business day, Monday, October 2, 2017. Permits will be available for sale commencing on this day at City Hall reception.
All open burning requires a permit and is only available to residents on zoned agricultural land during specific times: March 1 to May 31 inclusive and September 1 to November 30 inclusive, yearly.
The City of Pitt Meadows adopted a Burning Regulation Bylaw in order to increase our environmental air quality and safety. The Bylaw addresses the burning of natural wood material in urban and agricultural areas of Pitt Meadows.
· Open wood burning is not permitted at anytime, anywhere in urban areas in the City of Pitt Meadows. This includes backyard wood burning fireplaces, cooking fires and campfires of any kind.
· Burning is allowed on Agriculturally Zoned Properties only during Burn Season. Permit holders are required to comply with Metro Vancouver Ventilation Index Regulations which stipulate whether or not burning is allowed. This venting index is updated on a daily basis, by calling 604-436-6777 and following the phone prompts. This recorded message will be updated each morning at 8:30am. Fines will be levied against anyone who violates the venting index.
· Only vegetative matter that originates from the property is allowed to be burned.
· Burning on Agricultural properties is restricted to two burning seasons: September 1 to November 30 inclusive, and March 1 to May 30 inclusive. An authorized burn permit is required.
· This Bylaw will be strictly enforced, and may result in fines being imposed on those who choose to violate the provisions of this Bylaw. For a complete copy of Bylaw No. 2688,2015 and amendments, visit www.pittmeadowsfire.com.
Burn Permits will be issued for five consecutive days at time at a cost of $50.00/permit. Permits will be available at Pitt Meadows City Hall located at 12007 Harris Road, V3Y 2B5.
Pitt Meadows residents can take garden waste, leaves and branches to a local compost site for a fee. Larger material and construction waste can be taken to the Maple Ridge Recycling and Residential Transfer Station located at 10092 – 236th Street, Maple Ridge. Contact the Transfer Station at 604-466-1106. For more information on recycling options, please phone 604-RECYCLE.