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Reminder: Fireworks not permitted outside select holidays, not in city parks


While we continue to find ways to enjoy ourselves during this very strange and challenging time, I want to take a moment to remind everyone about the use of Fireworks in our community. Many of us love fireworks, and some (including many beloved pets) do not. We’re always engaging the public as we update and evaluate our bylaws. The noise can be especially disturbing and surprising to others as they tend to happen so late in the evening. It’s never easy balancing all the needs and preferences in a city with almost 200,000 people, but we all try our best .

The setting off of low-hazard fireworks is permitted on Victoria Day and Canada Day and the three days immediately before each of these holidays. The Fire Chief can grant exceptions on a case-by-case basis. Some highlights of the fireworks by-law that exists in the City of Burlington include:

  • No person under the age of eighteen years shall set off any firework(s).
  • No person shall use, set off any firework(s) in such a place or in such a manner as might create danger or constitute a nuisance to any person or property, or do or cause or allow any unsafe act or omission at the time and place for the setting off of any fireworks.
  • No person shall set off any firework or fireworks in or into any building, doorway, automobile or other place where such setting off might create a danger or nuisance to any person or property.
  • Fireworks shall only be discharged on private property. No person shall set off any fireworks on any highway, street and not on public property including city parks or school yards.

If residents have concerns about the safe discharge of family fireworks, below are some options to help navigate.

Noise Complaints

  • Noise complaints resulting from the discharge of fireworks can be directed to the HRPS Non-Emergency Line: 905-825-4777 or the City’s bylaw office after hours answering service: 905-335-7731.

Fire Hazards

  • If you have a fire safety concern related to the use of fireworks, please contact the Fire Department’s Non-Emergency Line: 905-637-8253
  • For any fire emergency call 9-1-1.

Public/Personal Safety

  • If you have a personal safety concern related to fireworks, contact the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) Non-Emergency Line: 905-825-4777.

Licensing and Sale of Fireworks

  • If you have concerns about the retail sale of family fireworks and/or no visual business license is posted please direct these complaints to: 905-335-7731 or email:

For more information on the by-law and/or fireworks safety tips, residents can visit:


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Marianne Meed Ward

Marianne Meed Ward

A Better Burlington began in 2006 after my neighbours said they felt left out of city decisions, learning about them only after they’d been made. As journalist for 22 years, I thought “I can do something about that” and a website and newsletter were born. They’ve taken various forms and names over the years, but the intent remains: To let you know what’s happening at City Hall before decisions are made, so you can influence outcomes for A Better Burlington. The best decisions are made when elected representatives tap the wisdom of our community members, and welcome many different perspectives.This site allows residents to comment and debate with each other; our Commenting Guidelines established in 2016 aim to keep debate respectful. Got an idea or comment you want to share privately? Please, get in touch:

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