County of Vermilion River Open House March 5 at the Kitscoty Community Hall

Request a Fire Permit

Alberta Fire Permit - Free

County fire permits are required year round and are issued under the authority of the Forest and Prairie Protection Act and regulations thereunder as may be amended, as well as the County of Vermilion River Fire Services Bylaw 23-10.

  1. It is the responsibility of the applicant to be familiar with the requirements of the Act, regulations and Bylaw listed above.
  2. The permit period is limited to a maximum of thirty (30) days unless special conditions apply.
  3. The permit holder is responsible for all above and below ground utilities.
  4. The permit will require review prior to approval.
  5. Due to the high volume of requests and occasional site inspections required, kindly allow up to 72 hours for processing.

Permittee Information

You will also need to provide contact information for the property owner below. 

Burn Information

Please enter one or all of the following:

  • legal land location
  • rural address (green sign)
  • lot/block/plan

You can enter multiple locations if needed.

Note: Fire Permits are not issued within hamlets and will no longer be issued in Industrial Subdivisions. 

Please review our Fire Permit Info Sheet for more information on what can and can't be burned.


Responsibilities of the Permit Holder

  1. The safe control of the burning authorized.
  2. Will only burn when winds are less than 20 kilometres per hour according to Environment Canada for your area.
  3. A minimum of one adult per burn pile, capable of extinguishing the fire, will be in attendance and supervising the fire at all times;
  4. Sufficient tools, equipment, manpower, and water are readily available for the size of the burn being conducted;
  5. The fire must be extinguished by dark (unless being supervised overnight). 
  6. A copy of the fire permit will be kept at the site of the fire and MUST be produced upon request by fire personnel, or by a Peace Officer at the site. 
  7. Burning may not be conducted when wind blows smoke towards a primary or secondary highway within 1/2 kilometer of the burn site. 
  8. Burning may not be conducted when wind blows smoke towards residential or commercial structures within 1 kilometer of the burn site.  
  9. Burn site is at least 15 meters (about 50 feet) away from any structures or combustible material
  10. Extinguish the fire when ordered, if the permit expires, or if the permit is cancelled or suspended.

Agriculture Burning

Vegetation or debris in windrows and piles cannot be burned unless:

  • windrows and piles do not exceed 60 meters in length and are separated by an 8 meter break between each length
  • windrows and piles are no closer than 25 meters from any uncleared land or vegetation
  • windrows are separated from other parallel windrows by not less than 15 meters
  • the area containing the vegetation or debris to be burned is cleared of combustible material to a width of not less than 15 meters.

The Permittee agrees to indemnify and save harmless the County of Vermilion River from all liability arising out of the operations authorized by this fire permit. The Permittee agrees to pay the cost of extinguishing fires caused by willful violation of any condition set out in this fire permit. Any person authorized to conduct burning pursuant to this permit shall be responsible to the County of Vermilion River for the cost of extinguishing the fire. 

The permit will be valid for 30 days from the date of approval.


By filling out the fields below, the permit holder attests that the information provided is accurate, that they have the authority to sign the fire permit and that they have thoroughly read and understand the conditions of the fire permit. 

FOIP (Privacy Statement)

The information provided is collected under the authority of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act, Section 33(c). The information will be used solely by the County of Vermilion River Protective Services.

Questions concerning collection of this information can be directed to the County of Vermilion River FOIP Coordinator at 780-846-2244.