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 2015 or 2016, you must choose and attend one of the courses offered below. 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.

Pre-registration for the course is required. Register by e-mail and include your name, phone number and the number for the course you wish to attend or contact the Fire Prevention Division at 250-475-5500.

Fireworks Permit Application Information Package [PDF - 238 KB]

Fireworks Safety Course Schedule

Course No. Day Date Time Location
1 Wednesday October 18, 2017 6:30-7:30 pm
Saanich Fire Department Emergency Operations Centre (downstairs), 760 Vernon Avenue
2 Sunday October 29, 2017 10:00-11:00 am
Saanich Fire Department Emergency Operations Centre (downstairs), 760 Vernon Avenue

Follow these common sense precautions when planning your event: 

  • 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.
  • 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.