Fire Bylaw Proposed Changes

The Town of Edson is proposing changes to the Fire Bylaw.

Council has passed first reading for Bylaw 2119, which would update the Town’s Fire Bylaw for the first time since 1963. The new bylaw includes changes to the way outdoor fires in Edson are monitored, including a new permitting system for fire pits in Town limits. There would be a one-time fee of $25 which includes an inspection of the fire pit to ensure proper distances from structures are met, along with other guidelines. Other changes in the bylaw would include a ticketing system for problem false alarms and amendments to the fireworks section. The following chart lists the major changes proposed.

Existing Bylaw

Proposed Changes

  • No open fire permitting system.
  • Open fires, including recreational fire pits, would require a permit and inspection.
  • No ticketing system for false alarms.
  • Warnings would be imposed for two false alarms originating from one alarm system. Fines would be imposed for three or more false alarms.
  • Fireworks section
  • Updates Fireworks section to clarify low-hazard and high-hazard. Fireworks remain prohibited for sale, possession or storage in the Town of Edson. No person, other than an individual who has a valid Pyro-Technicians card and written permission from the Fire Chief may conduct a pyrotechnic display.

The bylaw will be brought back to Council at a future meeting for ratification. In the meantime, residents are encouraged to provide feedback to the proposed changes by contacting the Edson Fire Hall at 780-723 3178. The proposed new and current Fire Bylaw can be found at http://www.edson.ca/public/download/documents/9441