Fire Codes, Permits & Inspections
Bylaw relaxed to allow front yard fire pits
The Okotoks Fire Department recognizes the community’s need for some much needed outdoor recreation and is relaxing enforcement of front yard fire pits to support this. During current winter conditions, and with diligence and proper management, front yard fire pits do not pose a significant risk and support the important needs of our community. Don’t forget: fires need to be contained in an approved fire pit, under supervision of an adult, and kept at least 2 meters from any structure or combustibles. Additionally, it is important to follow the current Alberta Health Services direction for outdoor gatherings, which can be found on the Alberta Health Service website.
For large fires such as bonfires, thawing fires, or fires required for other reasons, a burn permit must be obtained from Okotoks Fire Services. These fires must still use clean and dry burning materials.
Please note that even with a burn permit, fires cannot be lit or continue to burn if winds exceed 30 km/hour nor do permits provided. For permits please contact Okotoks Fire Services at the contact information below.
The Town may ban all fires if conditions become dry enough. Contact the Okotoks Fire Department if you have any doubts.
The permits and bylaw in relation to fire apply only to the Town of Okotoks. For information on burning in Foothills County, see their website.
Reminder to local business owners that Okotoks Fire Services annual commercial fire inspections for 2020 are underway.
Please ensure you are prepared for our arrival – including a current fire extinguisher inspection.
Annual inspections are covered under the cost of your Business License; however, if multiple visits are required before compliancy is achieved, the business owner is subject to charges as per the Rates & Fees Bylaw.
The Okotoks Fire Department inspects all commercial properties in town to ensure emergency lighting, alarm and sprinkler systems are all operating optimally in the event of a fire or emergency. The fire department will check to ensure access to emergency exits and any electrical/furnace rooms are accessible and that all fire extinguishers have been inspected annually and are in good working order. Ceiling tiles should be intact to prevent the spread of flames and smoke in the event of a fire.
Commercial fire inspections are completed approximately one year from the time of the last inspection. For more information on commercial fire inspections please call Fire Services at the number below.