Phased-in bylaw requirements
Best burning practices are currently required whenever an appliance is used (see Schedule B for a description). Every year there will be a prohibition on using indoor wood burning appliances during the warm season (May 15 to September 15).
Future phased measures promote cleaner wood-burning practices and technologies, and more stringent requirements in more densely populated areas will help reduce exposure to harmful smoke.
From September 2022, users who reside in Metro Vancouver’s Urban Containment Boundary (UCB Map) will be required to register their appliance with Metro Vancouver. To qualify for registration, the appliance must meet performance standards to ensure emissions are low. From September 2025 (2032 for the Village of Lions Bay), unregistered appliances will not be allowed to operate, except during emergencies, or if it is being operated within a low-income household.
Best burning practices must be used when burning is allowed. Examples include:
- clean, dry wood
- small, hot fires
- do not burn garbge
|Starting May 2021
||You cannot burn between May 15 and September 15 each year, unless it is your sole source of heat, you are in an off-grid rural home, or during an emergency.
|Starting September 2022
||Declarations and Registration
||If you burn, you must declare your use of best burning practices and, in urban areas, register eligible appliances.
|Starting September 2025
||Renewal and Restricted Use
||Every three years:
- You must renew any declarations and registrations in urban areas.
- You cannot use non-registered appliances within urban areas except if your house-hold qualifies as low income or during an emergency.