Open Air Fire Permits (Burn Permits) Now Available Online

I am thrilled to announce that from my work as a member of the City’s IT Sub-Committee you can now apply or renew your Open Air Fire Permits (Burn Permits) online!


As someone who has lived in Greely for 15 years, I understand rural challenges. Repeatedly, I have heard how inconvenient it is for Osgoode Ward residents to take time off to travel to a client service centre to apply for or renew an open-air fire permit. With my background in IT and as a member of the IT Sub-Committee, I knew this could be streamlined. I worked extensively with staff to ensure this online service was created so everyone could apply from the convenience of their home or smart phone.


Open Air Fire Permits are issued under the Open Air Fire By-law No. 2004-163, which regulates the conditions under which fires may be set in the open air. Residents can now go online to apply for or renew an annual, annual restricted, and annual agricultural permit. This is done through the My ServiceOttawa Portal, which you can find here.  If you do not already have an online account, you can easily create one to access your fire permit. The portal also allows you to access information about your garbage and recycling schedules, property tax bills, registering your pet’s information, submit and track a Service Request to 311. Additionally, you can sign up for City of Ottawa news!


Visit the City of Ottawa's website to see more detail on the criteria, cost, and other details for Open Air Fire Permits here: Don’t forget, you can still go to any City of Ottawa Client Service Centre to obtain a fire permit in person. To renew your permit, you can still do so through the mail (via your provided renewal form), or in person at the City’s Client Service Centres and Rural Fire Administration Offices. Reminder: If you were a 2017 permit holder, you would have received your activation PIN and Permit Number in the mail with your renewal form, which will assist you with easily renewing online.


I am happy to have brought this service to not only Osgoode Ward, but also all rural residents across the City of Ottawa!


A great big thank you to all IT members and City of Ottawa staff for their efforts in making this request a reality. If you have any questions, please email