Essex open air burn permits now available online

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Essex Fire and Rescue Services encourages residents to use a new online process to notify the fire department of proposed open air fires. Starting Monday, August 7, residents are asked to complete the online form found on the “Burn Permits” page at

Fire Chief Rick Arnel said the new process is fast, easy, and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“Residents can now notify us of their intention to have an open air fire when it’s convenient for them,” Arnel said.“In the past, people had to call us during regular office hours. Now they can complete the online form at any time of day.”

The form is designed to work on all types of devices – computers, tablets, and smart phones.
“With the widespread use of smart phones, we wanted to offer people an online option that dovetails with methods they’re already using to access information,” Chief Arnel said.

At the end of the online form, residents must agree to the terms set out in the Open Air Burn By-law 1399. A confirmation of receipt is issued upon completion.

As permits are issued on a daily basis, residents who plan to have open fires on more than one day must complete a separate form for each proposed burn.

Also starting Monday, August 7, residents must call Station #1 in Essex Centre (519-776-7132) for all burn permit inquiries. Phones will be answered on Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Residents who have questions about open air burning or are concerned about the size of the burn pile should contact Essex Fire and Rescue by phone.

“Many types of fires require permits,” Chief Arnel said. “If in doubt, call before you burn!”