Fireworks Bylaw

Fireworks Regulation Bylaw No. 8865 [PDF - 76 KB] regulates the sale, possession and discharge of fireworks in Saanich.

Fireworks Restrictions

  • You can set off fireworks on October 31 only, between 5 and 10 p.m.
  • You need a fireworks permit to possess or discharge fireworks in Saanich.
  • We issue permits to those 18 years and older who successfully complete a Saanich Fire Department fireworks safety course within the last three years.
  • We offer fireworks safety courses every year in October.
  • You may not buy or sell fireworks in Saanich.

Fireworks Safety Courses

Completion of a Saanich Fire Department fireworks safety course every three years is mandatory for those wishing to use fireworks and receive a fireworks permit. Permits are available at Saanich Fire Administration, 760 Vernon Avenue, Monday-Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

If you have not completed a Saanich Fire Department fireworks safety course in 2016 or 2017, you must attend a fireworks safety course in October 2018. Check back for course dates and times in late September. Fireworks permits are issued to qualified applicants immediately following successful completion of the course and payment of the $10 permit fee. Payment is to be made by cash or cheque only.

Safety Tips

Choose a safe outdoor area. Ideally it’s a bare area of ground away from buildings, overhead obstructions, trees, vehicles, dry grass and other flammables.Follow these common sense precautions when planning your event: 

  • Have spectators watch from a safe distance of at least 20 metres.
  • Use a lighting stick to light fireworks, rather than matches or lighters.
  • Have a large bucket of water, sand or a garden hose ready at the fire site.
  • Leave “duds” untouched for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  • Dispose spent firework casings in a container of water.

Remember the 3 “Nevers”

  • Never point or throw fireworks at anyone or anything – people, pets, cars or buildings.
  • Never hold fireworks in your hand while lighting them.
  • Never attempt to re-light or move fireworks that fail to go off.