Making Halloween a treat for all

October 24, 2016

News Release
For Immediate Release

Saanich, BC – Halloween is fast approaching! To ensure a fun but safe fireworks display on Halloween, apply for a family fireworks or bonfire permit and follow our regulations and suggested safety procedures.

“Bonfires and fireworks are only allowed on October 31 and require a permit from the Saanich Fire Department,” said Deputy Fire Chief Frank Macdonald. “Our goal is to keep everyone safe and ensure no one is injured and no property is damaged. We want everyone to enjoy this time of celebration.”

In Saanich, a $10 permit is required to have a Halloween bonfire. Permits are available at the Saanich Fire Department or any of the three Saanich fire stations. The deadline to purchase a bonfire permit is 12 noon on October 31, 2016.

  • Bonfires are only allowed on October 31 between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.
  • Fires larger than 1 metre in diameter must be inspected.
  • A municipal ticket for $100 will be issued for any fires without permits. 

To possess and use fireworks on Halloween, Saanich residents must have a $10 fireworks permit. Permits will be issued to applicants 18 years and older who successfully complete a fireworks safety course.

The next available course at the Saanich Fire Department is:

  • Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Fireworks can only be set off on October 31, between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. A $200 municipal ticket will be issued for discharging fireworks without a permit.

To register for this fireworks safety course or for more information about bonfire and fireworks conditions and permits visit or call 250-475-5500.




Media Contact:
Frank Macdonald, Deputy Fire Chief
Saanich Fire Department