To report a fire or any other situation requiring an immediate response, call emergency services at 


Check the risk index before making an open fire. 


Consult the information document to adapt your behaviour according to the different levels and the municipal regulations.




The burn period for fires over one meter and less than four meters begins on November 1st and ends on April 30. To obtain a permit (free of charge) please contact the Fire Department.


  1. For fires less than (1) meter in diameter, permitted all year, without permit. But you need to follow these regulations:
    1.  ​​​​Must be surrounded with non-combustible material (brick, rocks, stones…);
    2. Must be located at ten (10) meters (33 ft.) from the property lines;
    3. Must be located at ten (10) meters (33 ft.) from any building or fuel tanks;
    4. Must have a clearance of two (2) meters from any combustible material;
    5. Must not exceed a diameter and height of one (1) meter (39 inches);
    6. The fire must be under the constant supervision of an individual able to intervene until the fire has been completely extinguished;
    7. A quick means of extinction must be accessible within a ten (10) meters (33 ft.) radius of the fire.
    8. It is prohibited to make a fire that can affect traffic.


No fire is allowed when winds exceed 20 km/h or when the flammability index is rated «very high » by Forest Fire Protection Society « SOPFEU ». The responsibility to check for these conditions falls under the responsibility of the person responsible for the fire. SOPFFEU is considered as the reference organization and can be contacted at 1-800 567-1206 or at

It is prohibited to burn grass, leaves, hay or straw, trash, construction waste, petroleum-based products and any other item deemed to be pollutant. Residents with outdoor fires should also, as a courtesy to neighbors, monitor the smoke that emerges - if it is going towards the neighbors, you should perhaps postpone your fire until the wind is favorable.

The person in charge of the fire assumes his or her ordinary responsibilities, in the case where disbursements, damages or pursuits result from the fire thus lit.


Before burning branches, chek the Municipal by-laws


Do you have your burning permit?


To get a burning permit, contact the Fire Department at 819-827-6200 or incendie@chelsea.caMonday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

There is no fee for these permit. 


Safety tips

  • Supervise the fire at all times. 
  • Inform your neighbours. 
  • Make sure the fire doesn't pose a nuisance to your neighbours. In the event of a complaint, the Chelsea Fire Department will request that the fire be extinguished. 
  • Do not burn any construction materials, household waste, tires, or chemicals. 
  • Do not burn in strong winds. 
  • Have a hose ready to use near the fire. 
  • Soak the ashes with water after the fire is out. 
  • Call 911 in case of loss of control 

Complaints about burning or smoke

To make a complaint about burning, smoke or the smell of smoke, call



You will need to provide the following information:

  • Your name (confidential)
  • Your phone number (confidential)
  • The street address of the person who is burning
  • The nature of the complaint (fire, smoke, etc.)


This page was last updated on February 10, 2023


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