October 26, 2016 12:09 am
Updated: October 26, 2016 1:11 pm

Where it’s legal to set off fireworks in Metro Vancouver this Halloween

WATCH ABOVE: Halloween is upon us and for many that means fireworks. But, the rules seen to change all the time across Metro Vancouver. So where can you actually buy them and use them? Consumer reporter Anne Drewa sorts it all out.

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Vancouver has had a time-honoured love affair with Halloween fireworks for decades. Whether you love them or hate them, Halloween is the most popular night of the year to set off the explosives, but municipal by-laws mean fireworks aren’t legal everywhere.

Many municipalities across Metro Vancouver have outright bans on fireworks and firecrackers while the rest require a permit – and some strict rules – to set them off.

Find out when and where you can set off fireworks across Metro Vancouver below. For regulations across the province, click here.

Vancouver

  • Fireworks can only be set off on Oct. 31
  • Must apply for and obtain a fireworks permit and be 19 years or older
  • Permit allows you to purchase and possess family fireworks between Oct. 25 and 31
  • Must bring the permit with you when you purchase the fireworks and keep it with you when you set them off
  • Fireworks are only permitted on private property with the property owner’s written permission or on paths that avoid people, animals, buildings or vehicles
  • Firecrackers, bottle rockets and roman candles are prohibited

Richmond

  • Richmond has a ban on the sale, purchase, possession or use of fireworks
  • Only a licensed fireworks supervisor may apply for a permit

New Westminster

  • Fireworks can only be set off on Oct. 31 between 4 p.m. and midnight
  • Must apply for and obtain a fireworks permit and be 19 years or older
  • Fireworks are only permitted on private property with the property owner’s written permission or with a permit issued by the Fire Chief
  • High hazard fireworks are banned unless a special permit is granted
  • Roman candles are prohibited
  • The sale of fireworks is banned in New Westminster

Burnaby

  • Fireworks can only be set off on Oct. 31
  • Fireworks are only permitted on private property with the property owner’s written permission or with a permit issued by the Fire Chief
  • Must apply for and obtain a fireworks permit and be 19 years or older
  • Two different permits are required for low hazard and high hazard fireworks
  • Each permit is $100
  • The sale of fireworks is banned in Burnaby

North Vancouver

  • The City of North Vancouver has a ban on the sale, purchase, possession or use of fireworks
  • The District of North Vancouver sells permits for fireworks to people 19 years or older
  • Fireworks can be purchased between Oct. 25 and Oct. 31
  • Fireworks can only be set off on Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to midnight
  • Fireworks are only permitted on private property with the property owner’s written permission

West Vancouver

  • Fireworks can only be set off on Oct. 31 between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.
  • Must apply for and obtain a fireworks permit and be 18 years or older
  • Permit allows you to purchase family fireworks between Oct. 18 and 31, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Permit can be purchased in person at Fire Station No. 1, 760 16th Street
  • Fireworks are only permitted on private property with the property owner’s written permission

Port Coquitlam

  • Fireworks can only be set off on Oct. 31 until 11 p.m.
  • Must apply for and obtain a fireworks permit and be 18 years or older
  • Permit can be purchased in person at the Tax Office at Port Coquitlam City Hall
  • Fireworks are only permitted on private property with the property owner’s written permission or with a permit issued by the Fire Chief
  • Firecrackers, bottle rockets, screechers and roman candles are prohibited

Coquitlam

  • Coquitlam has a ban on the sale, purchase, possession or use of fireworks
  • Anyone who wants to ignite fireworks must apply to the Fire Chief for a fireworks permit

Port Moody

  • Fireworks can only be set off on Oct. 31
  • Must apply for and obtain a fireworks permit and be 18 years or older
  • Permit allows you to purchase and possess family fireworks between Oct. 24 and 31
  • Fireworks are only permitted on private property with the property owner’s written permission or with a permit issued by the Fire Chief

Pitt Meadows

  • Fireworks are banned in Pitt Meadows unless a permit is issued to someone in possession of a valid Natural Resources Canada Fireworks Supervisor card

Maple Ridge

  • Fireworks are banned in Maple Ridge unless a permit is issued to someone in possession of a valid Natural Resources Canada Fireworks Supervisor card

City of Langley

  • Fireworks are banned in the City of Langley unless a permit is issued to someone in possession of a valid Natural Resources Canada Fireworks Supervisor card

Township of Langley

  • Fireworks are banned in the Township of Langley unless a permit is issued to someone in possession of a valid Natural Resources Canada Fireworks Supervisor card

Surrey

  • Fireworks are banned in Surrey unless a permit is issued to someone in possession of a valid Natural Resources Canada Fireworks Supervisor card

Delta

  • Must apply for and obtain a fireworks permit and be 19 years or older
  • The sale of fireworks is banned in Delta

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