Fire Codes, Permits & Inspections

For large fires such as bonfires, thawing fires, or fires required for other reasons, a burn permit must be obtained from Okotoks Fire & Rescue. 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.

Important Reminders:

  1. Reminder to local business owners that Okotoks Fire & Rescue annual commercial fire inspections are underway.
  2. Please ensure you are prepared for our arrival – including a current fire extinguisher inspection.
  3. 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. 
  4. Co-working spaces (any location leasing Office/Desk/Room/Salon Chairs/Spaces to other businesses) require a fire inspection prior to a business license being issued. Learn more: Co-working Space Info Sheet

Okotoks Fire & Rescue 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.

Fire Safety Systems - Guideline for Business Owners

Last Updated: July 7, 2023