Fire Permits & Regulations

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The Steps to Take for Controlled Burns in MVC

1. Obtaining a Fire Permit

The online fire permitting system (see link below) is open as of March 1, 2019. Permits are required for large scale burns and adherence to the Mountain View County Fire Bylaw (see second link below) is also required.

Online Fire Permit System - Required as of March 1, 2019

*** Please ensure all the information you input into the online permit application is correct.

QUESTIONS? Please call 403-335-3311.

To view the MVC Fire Bylaw for further details see: MVC Fire Bylaw 26/18

Note: If conditions also dictate, the County (or the Province) may institute a partial or total fire ban at any time of the year (See Step #4). Under these circumstances all burns must be extinguished and all permits are null and void.


2. Conducting Your Burn

As of March 1, 2019 individuals are no longer required to contact fire dispatch directly and the toll free number has been disconnected.

Once applicants receive their fire permit number - which pops up on the response screen after successfully filling out their fire permit application - they are able to conduct their burn if all conditions for conducting a safe burn per the MVC Fire Bylaw 26/18 have been met. A copy of the fire permit will also be emailed to the address you supply in the application process. If it does not arrive check your spam or trash filter. If it still has not arrived contact the office (during office hours) to have a copy of your permit sent to you for your records.

Remember, you can conduct you burn if you have your permit number so remember to record the number that pops up on the response page after filling out the application.


3. Determine if you live in the Forest Protection Area

The Alberta Forest Protection Area includes two portions of Mountain View County (one near Water Valley and the other west of Sundre and Bergen):

  • West of RR 54 from Twp Rd 310 to the South Boundary (covered by Calgary Ag & Forestry office - 403-297-8800 or 310-0000 toll free).
  • West of RR 60 from Twp Rd 312 to the North Boundary (covered by Rocky Mtn. House Ag & Forestry office - 403-845-8272 or 310-0000 toll free).
  • See Map of Forest Protection Area in Mountain View County.

Note: Mountain View County cannot issue fire permits for these areas and cannot institute fire bans in these areas. The full responsibility for these regulations is with the Province of Alberta.


4. Determine if it is Safe to Burn

During certain times of the year, due to dry and/or windy conditions, full or partial fire bans may be implemented for Mountain View County and the surrounding communites and municipalities.

During full fire bans, fires within the County are banned until further notice, and all existing fires must be extinguished.

Exceptions are made for fires which are contained in cooking and heating appliances fuelled by fluids, gasses, briquettes or pellets. During a partial ban, contained campfires with a screen and burning barrels are generally exempted along with the above outdoor cooking appliances.

During a partial or full fire ban, any fire permits that have been previously issued by the County will be void. New fire permits will not be issued until the ban is lifted.

Information on fire bans will appear on our website, on our social media accounts, or can be viewed at the Alberta Fire Bans website.

2019 Mountain View County fire guardians
Pam Thomas Mountain View County Staff 403-335-3311 ext 125
Jane Fulton Mountain View County Staff 403-335-3311 ext 184

Fireworks

Under provisions in the MVC Fire Bylaw (Bylaw 26/18), use of fireworks requires a permit year-round.

Mountain View County has two Fireworks categories: Consumer and Display.

Consumer Fireworks are defined as fireworks that are low-hazard and designed for recreational use.

Display Fireworks are defined as fireworks that are high-hazard and designed for professional use.

An online permitting system has been developed for Consumer Fireworks. Currently, the system does not generate a permit number, but if your submission goes through, you do have a valid permit. If the permit does not get emailed to you directly please contact the office at 403-335-3311 ext 204.

Anyone planning Display or extensive firework useage is asked to fill out the Display Fireworks Application, or call the County office at 403-335-3311 ext 204 and obtain their permit or request more information.