Ajax Fire and Emergency Services would like to remind residents about the Town’s Open Air Burning By-law, which prohibits open air burning in most areas within the Town. This restriction applies to any outdoor wood burning appliances (including chimineas and outdoor fireplaces) as well as campfires and bonfires.

Residents who violate the Open Air Burning By-law may be subject to fines including the cost of the call and/or prosecution under the Ontario Fire Code.


“Open air burning is prohibited in the Town of Ajax without a permit. This summer, we have had an increase in responses to illegal open air burning. Open air burning is a potential fire hazard, especially with the dry conditions we have been experiencing. The smoke from a backyard fire can also be a nuisance to others.” - Shelley Langer, Fire Inspector, Ajax Fire and Emergency Services


  • The by-law to regulate the setting of open air fires can be found at ajax.ca by clicking on Fire Prevention & Public Safety
  • An individual convicted of an offence under the Ontario Fire Code can face a fine as high as $50,000 and/or imprisonment
  • Cooking on an outdoor fireplace or chiminea does not make it legal
  • Outdoor wood burning appliances present a potential fire hazard to combustibles such as buildings, decks, patio furnishings, fences and dry vegetation
  • The smoke and odours produced by the appliances are the primary reasons the fire department receives complaints


For additional information, contact the Ajax Fire Prevention and Public Safety Division at 905-683-3050, or visit ajax.ca


Rachael Matheson, Corporate Communications, 905-621-2278