Interior background

Fire Permits

Camp fire photo

Fire Permits

Tay Township requires that property owners obtain a fire permit before proceeding with any outdoor fires. Fire permits, good for the calendar year, can be obtained online by clicking on the logo below or in person at the municipal office during regular office hours. The cost for a fire permit is $20 (no tax).

Click here to buy a Tay Township Fire Permit using

Buy a Tay Township Fire Permit using

You can purchase a fire permit using the above link to 

Fire Hazard Rating

Fire Ban status is indicated at the bottom right of most website pages in the footer.  Detailed risk and ban status info is available at or by calling 705-999-5941.


Council and staff have recently reviewed the rules and regulations around outdoor burning in our Township.  After much deliberation, the rules around outdoor burning will remain unchanged. The times permitted for outdoor burning remain unchanged, as well.

Please note that fines for repeated infractions related to the burning of prohibited materials have changed and will now be based on a three-offence system.

  • 1st offence – warning with education in the case of minor offences.
  • 2nd offence - fine in the amount the Township currently applies for offences.  Full list available via the open air fires by-law.
  • 3rd offence - fine plus cancellation of your fire permit for the remainder of the calendar year.  This will be revaluated at the end of the year at the discretion of the Fire Chief.

2022 fire permits can be purchased online at

Tay Township is committed to making our community a better place for all our residents.

Information on current fire permit burn rules can be found below.

What can I burn?

No yard waste is allowed to be burned in any area that is located on the Georgian Bay side of Highway 12 Tay Township, the Village of Waverley, Bramhall Park, Candlelight Village and Nielsen Road Subdivision. Yard waste may be burned in rural areas not listed previously.

How big can my fire be?

Total size of any fire can be no more than one cubic metre.

Things to remember when burning:

  • Everyone planning to have an outdoor fire needs a permit;
  • No yard waste burning is allowed in residential zones;
  • Permits may be purchased online at any time or at the Municipal Office during regular business hours;
  • In order to get a permit you must either be the owner of the property, or have permission from the owner;
  • Notices of Fire Bans will be posted on the Township website and on the answering machine at the Municipal Office; Fire Permits are NOT VALID during a fire ban;
  • Burning without a Fire Permit will result in a fine along with potential costs associated with putting out the fire;
  • Whether recreational or non-recreational burning, the size of a fire cannot be more than one cubic metre;
  • Complete open air fires by-law provides additional information.

Fire Permit Fee

Tay Fire and Emergency Services and Municipal Law Enforcement staff are called to a number of burning complaints each year where individuals are in non compliance of the open air burning by-law.

Emergency and enforcement staff are also called periodically about permitted open air burning that is in compliance with the open air burning by-law. These calls about permitted burning also consume staff time and resources to handle and, if necessary, investigate. 

Under the old system the cost to respond and investigate these infractions were born by all residents of the Township. Council felt that the cost to respond to and investigate burning complaints should be offset by those who are burning verses all of the taxpayers of Tay Township.

After a review of the service fees in surrounding municipalities, Council approved a $20 fee for Fire Permits to offset the costs to the Tay Fire and Emergency Services Department and Township Municipal Law Enforcement staff to attend calls.