March 16, 2011

Permits Required for Yard and Garden Waste Burning

Kamloops, B.C. - Beginning April 1st through to May 1st, open burning of yard and garden waste on properties of one acre (43,560 square feet) or greater within the City of Kamloops and Kamloops Indian Band is allowed upon obtaining a permit.

However, there are conditions that apply to these permits and failure to comply with these conditions or failure to obtain the necessary permit may result in a $500 fine. Such conditions include, but are not limited to:

No burning outside the Venting Index,
No burning after dark,
No burning for commercial or industrial purposes, and
Burning on properties less than one acre is prohibited.

Permits for burning within the city must be picked-up at:

Fire Station No. 1
1205 Summit Drive
Phone: 250-372-5131
Monday to Friday: 8 am – 4 pm

Permits for burning within the Kamloops Indian Band must be picked-up at:

The Kamloops Indian Band
#200 - 355 Yellowhead Highway
Phone: 250-828-9700

A fee of $50.00 will be charged for the permit and cash or cheques are accepted. Please bring the exact amount.

For residents with properties less than one acre, the following alternative disposal methods are recommended:

Compost as much material as possible on your own property, or take green waste to one of the City’s three drop-off sites: Cinnamon Ridge, Eliza Road in Barnhartvale, or at the end of McGill Road.

For additional permit or Venting Index information, please call 250-372-5131 or visit www.kamloops.ca/firerescue. Please note that Venting Index information is updated daily after 8 am.

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Media Contact:
Sheldon Guertin, Captain
250-571-2968
SGuertin@kamloops.ca