Here's where you can and can't set off Halloween fireworks in Metro Vancouver

Oct 29 2019, 1:03 pm

Costumes, candies, and fireworks — it’s not hard to guess which one of these Halloween traditions is illegal for most of the year.

However, many Metro Vancouver municipalities make fireworks legal for just the one day, and residents throughout the region take the opportunity to revel in the relaxed regulations on October 31.

But not all municipalities are created equal, and some of them still have an outright ban on the practice, while others are currently considering the idea.

In fact, just this month, Vancouver City council held a discussion around banning the long-time tradition in the city, after a motion was brought forward by councillor Pete Fry.

A vote on the motion was ultimately deferred until November 6, meaning that for at least another Halloween, Vancouverites can light up their neighbourhoods as part of their celebrations.

In the meantime, here’s where you can and can’t set off fireworks in Metro Vancouver, and what is legally involved in doing so.

Vancouver

  • Can you use fireworks on Halloween? YES
  • Fireworks can only be set off on October 31 with a permit.
  • Must be at least 19-years-old to obtain a fireworks permit.
  • Fireworks can only be bought from October 25 to 31. Must bring the permit to purchase. Permit must be on you when fireworks are set off.

District of North Vancouver

  • Can you use fireworks on Halloween? YES.
  • Fireworks can be set off with a permit on October 31 from 6 pm to midnight.
  • Fireworks can be purchased with a permit between October 25 and 31.
  • You must be 19 or older to qualify for a permit.
  • Permit applications cost $2.
  • Permits can be applied for online.

West Vancouver

  • Can you use fireworks on Halloween? YES.
  • Fireworks can be set off on October 27 and October 31, but only between 5 to 10 pm.
  • Permits can be bought at Fire Station 1 at 760 16th Street by anyone 18 or older.
  • Permits cost $5.

Burnaby

  • Can you use fireworks on Halloween? YES.
  • Fireworks can only be set off on October 31.
  • Must be 19-years-old to obtain an appropriate permit. The two possible permits are for low hazard and high hazard fireworks.
  • Permits cost $100.
  • Permits can be bought at Fire Station 1 – 4867 Sperling Avenue, Burnaby.
  • It is not legal to sell fireworks in Burnaby.
  • Must be used on private property or with a permit from the Fire Chief.

New Westminster

  • Can you use fireworks on Halloween? YES.
  • Fireworks can be set off on October 31 between 4 pm and midnight by a permit-holder.
  • A permit can be applied for by anyone 18 years of age or older.
  • Roman candles are not allowed.
  • Fireworks are not allowed to be sold in New Westminster.
  • High hazard fireworks are banned without a special permit.
  • Low-hazard fireworks may only be possessed between October 28 and October 31.

Richmond

  • Can you use fireworks on Halloween? NO.
  • Richmond has a ban on the sale, purchase, possession and use of fireworks.
  • Licensed fireworks supervisors may apply for a permit.

Delta

  • Can you use fireworks on Halloween? NO.
  • Only a holder of a fireworks permit may possess fireworks at any time.
  • A fire permit can only be issued to people who apply with a letter of permission, a fireworks safety plan, an event description and proof of comprehensive general liability insurance.
  • Fireworks are never allowed to be sold in Delta.

Surrey

  • Can you use fireworks on Halloween? NO.
  • Fireworks are banned in Surrey unless you have a special permit.
  • Permits are given only to people with a Natural Resources Canada Fireworks Supervisor Card.

Langley

  • Can you use fireworks on Halloween? NO.
  • Firework permits can only be obtained by individuals who have obtained a Fireworks Supervisor’s Certificate from Natural Resources Canada.
  • Permits are only granted to people with valid business licenses.
  • Permit fees are $1,500.

Pitt Meadows

  • Can you use fireworks on Halloween? NO.
  • Firework permits can only be obtained by individuals who have obtained a Fireworks Supervisor’s Certificate from Natural Resources Canada.
  • Permit applications cost $1,000.

Port Moody

  • Can you use fireworks on Halloween? YES.
  • Must be at least 18 years old to obtain a permit.
  • Permits allow you to purchase fireworks between October 24 and 30.

Coquitlam

  • Can you use fireworks on Halloween? NO.
  • Special permits can be applied for at the Coquitlam Fire/Rescue Department.
  • Permit applications cost $50 for low hazard and $100 for high hazard fireworks.

Port Coquitlam

  • Can you use fireworks on Halloween? YES.
  • People with a permit can use fireworks on October 31 until 11 pm.
  • Fireworks cannot be purchased in Port Coquitlam.
  • Permit applications cost $30.
  • Permit applications must be made in person at the Tax Office of Port Coquitlam’s City Hall (2580 Shaughnessy Street) between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm Monday to Friday.
  • Permits must be submitted by 3 pm on October 31 by someone aged 18 or older.

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