Fireworks Bylaw

Fireworks Restrictions

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

  • You can set off fireworks on October 31 only, between 5 p.m. 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.
  • You may not buy or sell fireworks in Saanich.

Apply for a fireworks permit

  1. Complete a Schedule A - Fireworks Permit Application.pdf [PDF - 560 KB].
  2. If your fireworks event is occuring on another person's property, complete a property owner agreement Schedule C - Property Owner Agreement for Fireworks.pdf [PDF - 567 KB].
  3. If you have not completed a fireworks safety course in 2020 or 2021, review the Fire Department's 2022 Fireworks Safety Course.pdf [PDF - 1003 KB].
  4. Complete the Fireworks Safety Exam 2022.pdf [PDF - 621 KB].
  5. Save and email your completed Fireworks Application Form, property owner agreement (if applicable) and Fireworks Safety Exam to fireprevention@saanich.ca.
  6. Fire Department staff will confirm receipt and provide directions for fireworks permit payment and pickup.

The deadline to get a fireworks permit is 2 p.m. on October 31.

Fireworks Safety 

  • 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.