Haldimand County has developed an interim process for rural landowners who wish to obtain burn permits. Starting May 6, 2020, no-cost, temporary, non-recreational burn permits will be available to rural residents. Permits will be valid only during the pandemic situation.

Once regular operations resume, all temporary, non-recreational burn permits will be VOID and the existing burn permit process will take effect. At this time, anyone wishing to conduct non-recreational burns will be required to purchase a permit for the remainder of the year.

To obtain a temporary, non-recreational burn permit:

Contact Haldimand County Emergency Services Staff  at 905-318-5932 ext. 6230 or 6224 to arrange an appointment time. During this phone call you will be asked to provide:

1) Your name;

2) Your address;

3) Whether you are the owner or tenant of the property;

If you are the tenant, an authorization form from the owner is required to complete the permit approval process. The form is available on the Fire Safety web page. Please bring this completed document to your scheduled appointment time.

4) What items you wish to burn.

You will be given an appointment time for you to attend to pick up your permit.

When you arrive for your appointment at the Cayuga Emergency Services Headquarters (11 Thorburn St. S, Cayuga), you will be asked to:

1) Show identification that you are a Haldimand County resident;

2) Provide the authorization form from the owner (if required), should you be a tenant of the property;

3) Review the permit information and rules and regulations;

4) Sign the permit.

You will be given a copy of the completed permit to have readily available during the burn.

This interim burn permit service is only available at the Emergency Services Headquarters at 11 Thorburn St, S (Cayuga) with a prior phone call completed and an appointment time scheduled. Due to COVID-19 public health requirements, no walk-ins will be allowed without a pre-arranged appointment

Residents are asked to be aware of and comply with all of the rules and regulations associated with Open Air Fires under the By-law No. 1662/16. Individuals who are found to be in violation of the by-law could be subject to penalties and/or fines.