Apply for a burn permit

Anyone can apply for a burn permit outside Whitehorse city limits. If you plan to burn within city limits, contact the City of Whitehorse.

You are legally required to hold a valid permit to light an open fire. This includes:

  • Burning grass, debris or brush in a burn barrel.
  • Lighting an open fire for any purpose other than a campfire. You don’t need a permit to light a campfire.
  • Burning on all public and private lands.

Apply for a burn permit

You can apply for a burn permit between April 1 and September 30. Permits are free.

  1. Visit your local issuing office to get a permit.
  2. Staff will issue you a permit.

Before you burn

  • Notify your local Wildland Fire Management office. Officers need to be aware of fire activity in the area.
    • Carmacks and Ross River: 867-993-5992
    • Haines Junction and Beaver Creek: 867-634-7061
    • Dawson and Old Crow: 867-993-5992
    • Mayo: 867-996-3200
    • Whitehorse and Teslin: 867-456-3831
    • Watson Lake: 867-536-2005
  • Check to make sure your permit is valid. Permits must be used in the allocated period of time. Your permit is also based on the materials to be burned.
  • Check to see what the fire danger rating is. Permits are suspended if the rating is moderate, high or extreme.