Halloween Bonfires and Fireworks

Halloween Bonfires

  • You may have a Halloween bonfire on October 31 only, between 5 and 11 p.m.
  • A special $10 bonfire permit is required.
  • Bonfire permits are available at the Fire Department or any of the Saanich Fire Stations.
  • Fires between 1 metre (3 feet) and 2 metres (6 feet) in diameter must be inspected.
  • The deadline to get a bonfire permit is 12 noon on October 31.

Bonfire Permit Conditions

  • The fire is to be supervised by a competent person until extinguished.
  • The fire is to be situated at least 7.6 metres (25 feet) from any building, fence or property line.
  • The size of an open fire shall be less than 1 metre (3 feet) in diameter. Fires between 1 metre (3 feet) and 2 metres (6 feet) in diameter must be inspected.
  • A garden hose, hooked up and charged, is readily available.
  • Additional equipment (shovels, rakes, etc.) is readily available.
  • The fire is completely extinguished by 11 p.m.

A municipal ticket for $100 will be issued for any fires without permits.

Fireworks

Fireworks Regulation Bylaw No. 8865 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 2017 or 2018, you must choose and attend one of the courses offered below. 

Pre-registration for the course is required. Register by email 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 - 255 KB] [PDF - 134 KB] [PDF - 270 KB]

Fireworks Safety Course Schedule

Course No. Day Date Time Location
1 Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:30-7:30 pm Kirby Room, Police/Fire Public Safety Bldg, 760 Vernon Ave
2 Wed Oct 23, 2019 6:30-7:30 pm Kirby Room, Police/Fire Public Safety Bldg, 760 Vernon Ave
3 Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:00-11:00 am Kirby Room, Police/Fire Public Safety Bldg, 760 Vernon Ave

Fireworks Safety 

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.

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.