Inspections & Permits


 Commercial Burn Permits
 A Burn Permit is only required for Qualified Commercial Operators, however burning rules and bans apply to all residents. Outdoor fires are allowed between the hours of 7 pm and 7 am from April 1st to October 31st in any calendar year, under compliance with the current burning rules and bans.
Fire Safety Inspections 

The North Frontenac Fire Department is mandated by the Fire Protection and Prevention Act (FPPA) to respond to complaint and request inspections related to fire safety. 

Fire inspectors enforce the Ontario Fire Code. Violations include such items as block exits, missing or breaches in fire separations, missing or broken fire doors, electrical deficiencies, storage or use of flammable liquids or gases, etc. 

A violation of the Ontario Fire Code is a chargeable offence. It is the responsibility of the home owner, building owner, business owner to ensure the building is in compliance with the Ontario Fire Code at all times. 

Types of Inspections

Complaint: A request for a complaint inspection can be made by any member of the community that is concerned with a Fire Code concern. Requester’s information is kept strictly confidential.

Routine: Vulnerable Occupancies (Nursing homes, Retirement Homes, Group homes and Hospitals) are required to initiate routine annual inspections with the Fire Department. These routine inspections are a requirement of the Ontario Fire Code.

Request: A request for inspection can be made by any member of the community.

Fees: Fire Department inspection fees are applicable to most inspections. Please refer to the Fees and Charges By-law for associated fees, as amended. 

Rights of Entry

The FPPA allows for North Frontenac Fire Department, Fire Inspectors to enter a premise at any reasonable time without advance warning or an appointment. Landlords are permitted to enter tenant suites/space with 24 hours’ notice to assess fire safety concerns. In emergency situations, the 24-hour notice requirement is not applicable.

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