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 man or nature.
Fire Prevention Tips:
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.
Renewal: Expired permits may be renewed by January 1st each year. Current permit holders will be reminded of the application procedure in the Fall newsletter each year. The same steps will apply for renewal each year.
Fire Permit Changes for 2017:
Considerable changes to the Fire Permit system have been developed and will be in effect as of April 1, 2017.
- Fire Permits for Open Air Burning and Fireworks will now be issued on an annual basis.
- All Fire Permits for open air burning and fireworks will be issued by the Township Office.
- The Fire Permit process will be available on-line, by mail, by fax or in person.
- Annual Fire Permits for Open Air Burning must be renewed by April 1st of each year.
Rationale for the changes:
- As per the Open Air Burning By-Law and Fireworks By-Law, only REGISTERED LAND OWNERS are authorized to be issued fire permits. Issuing the permits through the Township Office allows for confirmation of registered owner status at the time of issue.
- Annual permits allow for a more comprehensive data-base of those with permits issued creating a more effective monitoring system for the Fire Department, notification of burning restrictions in a timely manner and a method of communication with permit-holders on time-sensitive information.
- Annual permits will ease the administrative burden and provide a more efficient, accessible permit process for land owners.
- April 1st is the beginning of the burning season whereas day time burning is restricted. March 31st is also the Interim Tax Billing Due Date and the deadline for Dog Tag renewal. Having all items due at the same time of year will provide a more efficient process for land owners.
Copies of the Open Air Burning By-Law and Fireworks By-Law are available on the Township website on the Fire Department page or may be obtained from the Township Office by email, fax or in person.
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.
A permit is required to discharge fireworks.
Flying Lanterns are not permitted in the Township of Nipissing. These items are unpredictable and have the ability to land in highly flammable areas with reduced access providing an imminent danger to those in the area.
Definition: Flying lanterns, or any devices that rely on an open flame or any burning fuel source, to heat the air inside the lantern and then release the device into the air, are prohibited.
Annual Fireworks permits for Registered Landowners will allow the Fire Department to keep an effective record of those discharging fireworks in the Township and provide an enforcement tool for complaints.
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 705-724-2144.
It is everyone’s responsibility to act responsibly to prevent wildfires.
Extreme Fire Caution
A wildland fire can be ignited by a cigarette thrown out of a car window that lands in the dry brush or grass on the side of the road. To prevent wildland fires, please discard cigarette butts in an ashtray or other device in your vehicle designed for that purpose.
Use the ashtray in your car, do not flick ashes or throw cigarette butts out the window.
If you spot a wildfire, call 911 to report location.
Fire Department Staff
- Will Bateman – Fire Chief
- Richard Chapman – Deputy Fire Chief
- Francis Aultman
- Carrie Barratt
- Jennifer Chapman
- Chris Foote
- Whitney Gardiner
- Dean Gates
- Kim Howard
- Randy Lockhart
- Dylan McLeod
- Mike Rowe
- Ryan Rice
- Bradley Rounding
- Denise Scott
- James Scott
- John Tomlinson
- James Walker
- Ryan Warman