Backyard and Community Fires

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A group of residents interested in backyard fires recently made a presentation to Council, asking for consideration to allow residential backyard fires in the City of Waterloo. Council has asked staff to look into the feasibility of backyard fires and get a wider opinion from the general public on this topic. Recognizing that not all our residents live in properties suited for backyard fires, staff are also giving consideration to community fire spaces in approved neighbourhood parks.

A staff report with the Recreational Backyard/Community Fires Review (page 97 of the Council packet), will be going to Council on Monday, May 31, 2021. The Special Council Meeting begins at 2:00 p.m. and can be watched on live-stream video. Details on the Council meeting can be found on the city's website.

A group of residents interested in backyard fires recently made a presentation to Council, asking for consideration to allow residential backyard fires in the City of Waterloo. Council has asked staff to look into the feasibility of backyard fires and get a wider opinion from the general public on this topic. Recognizing that not all our residents live in properties suited for backyard fires, staff are also giving consideration to community fire spaces in approved neighbourhood parks.

A staff report with the Recreational Backyard/Community Fires Review (page 97 of the Council packet), will be going to Council on Monday, May 31, 2021. The Special Council Meeting begins at 2:00 p.m. and can be watched on live-stream video. Details on the Council meeting can be found on the city's website.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    City staff are interested in your feedback on recreational fires: backyard fires, and community fires in park spaces. Please take a few moments to share your thoughts with our project team. The survey has two sections with similar questions to capture separate thoughts on backyard fires and community fires. If the City were to allow recreational fires, new regulations and an update to the Open Air Burning by-law (2011-124) would be required. While this survey includes questions about possible regulations, the overall question of allowing recreational fires also is still before Council/undecided.

    The survey will be open through the end of March 31, 2021.


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