Mission Statement: The primary mission of the Township of Nipissing Fire Department is to provide a range of programs to protect the lives and property of the inhabitants of the Township of Nipissing from the adverse effects of fires, sudden medical emergencies or exposure to dangerous conditions created by humankind or nature.
Fire and Fireworks Permits:
How to apply: Download the application form, print it, and complete the highlighted areas.
Submit the completed form in one of the following ways:
- Fax at 705-724-5385
- Email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- In person at the Township office, 45 Beatty Street, Nipissing
- In the dropbox located in the front door of the Township Office
Once received, the staff will validate the information submitted and approve the permit.
A copy of the signed permit will be returned to the applicant.
Where to start:
You can protect members of your household and your property by learning more about wildfires and by taking proper precautions. Make sure that your household has prepared an:
• emergency plan
• emergency kit or bag with essential items, in case an evacuation is required.
Emergencies can happen at any time and without warning. Be ready. With a little preparation, you can respond quickly to help yourself and others. Understand the risks in your area, create a household emergency plan and build an emergency kit.
In Canada, wildfires or forest fires are common in forested and grassland regions from May to September, which can cause extensive damage and put lives in danger. Find information here on how you can be better prepared for wildfires.
An Open Air Burning Fire Permit is not required for campfires used for personal warmth or cooking. These fires are limited to a size of 1 metre (width) x 1 metre (length) x 1 metre (height – fuel and flame combined). Day time burning restrictions within the Burning Season (April 1 to October 31) apply to campfires. For permitted times of burning and other pertinent information on location, safety and requirements please refer to a copy of the Open Air Burning By-Law, contact the Township of Nipissing Fire Department or the Township Office.
For further information on these by-laws please contact the Fire Department at
705-752-2772 or the Township Office at 705-724-2144,
FAQ About Open Air Burning:
Q: Do I need a burning permit for all open air burning?
A: “Yes”, the Ontario Fire Code states “open air burning shall not be permitted unless approved or unless such burning consists of a small, confined fire, supervised at all times, and used to cook food on a grill or barbeque”.
Q: Do I need a burning permit for a campfire?
A: “No”, providing it consists of a small, confined fire, supervised at all times, and used to cook food on a grill or barbeque.
Q: Can I burn during the day in the summer if I have a burning permit?
A: “No”, the Forest Fire Prevention Act states “no fires shall be permitted two hours after sunrise until two hours before sunset during the fire season”.
Q: When is the fire season?
A: The first day of April until the last day of October every year.
Q: I have an incinerator, can I burn in it without a permit?
A: Only if the burning appliance is an approved burning appliance. The Ontario Fire Code states “only burning appliances that conform with the Technical Standards Safety Act, for outdoor use and is installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions”.
Q: Why do I need a burning permit in the winter?
A: Because it’s regulated under the Ontario Fire Code and states all open air burning shall be approved. By being issued a burning permit, you are obtaining approval.
Q: If there is still snow on the ground after April 1, can I burn during the day?
A: No, this is a Provincial Regulation under the Forest Fire Prevention Act. However, the Fire Chief can authorize a day burning permit if the burning site and materials meet the Fire Department’s satisfaction.
Q: Can I have a campfire during a fire ban if I get a burning permit?
A: No. All permits are considered to be cancelled and there is to be no open air burning during a fire ban.
Q: Do I need a burning permit for fireworks?
A: Yes. Fireworks are only permitted between dusk and 11:00 p.m.
Fireworks are not permitted during a fire ban.
Failure to comply with By-Law 2017-02, the Ontario Fire Code or the Forest Fire Prevention Act may result in a fine as well as the responsibility for the costs to extinguish a wildland fire.
For more information on Open Air Burning, Fire Safety Tips, Burning Conditions and Restrictions please visit www.ontario.ca/fireprevention or by contacting the Fire Chief at 705-752-2772.
It is everyone’s responsibility to act responsibly to prevent wildfires.
Fire Department Staff
Will Bateman – Fire Chief
Richard Chapman – Deputy Fire Chief