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How do you know if you need a permit from the fire department? Find out when it’s needed and what’s required to obtain one.

What activities require permits?

Permits from Richmond Fire-Rescue are required when social, agricultural or construction activities occur, which may pose fire hazards.

Permits are intended to notify the fire department of these hazards or safety considerations. 

We inspect and approve proposed large community events that are open to the public, have large stage displays, may use fireworks, special effects, or pyrotechnics, and/or feature food trucks (or live cooking) on-site, to ensure the venue fulfills fire safety requirements and provides a safe environment to the community. 

NOTE: Please allow for a minimum of two weeks of processing time for all permits.

What activities require permits?

Fire Suppression Sprinkler Permits

Most construction projects will require you to have various permits and other approvals before you can begin or manage any work that is underway.

The City of Richmond introduces MyPermit an online permitting platform for building and development permits. As a permit applicant, you can easily navigate from your MyRichmond account to MyPermit, where you can apply for and manage your City permits online, eliminating the need to visit City Hall in-person.

For more information, visit

MyPermit saves time and provides improved access to City services:

•           Streamlined application process

•           Convenient online access 24/7

•           Online invoicing and credit card payments

•           Real-time application status tracking

To access MyPermit, you will need to sign up or log-in to your MyRichmond account.

Log-in to your MyRichmond account HERE

Fireworks Display and Special Effects Permits

Fireworks Display and Special Effects Permits

Apply for a Fireworks/Pyrotechnic Display Permit

Firework displays and special effects are only permitted to be conducted by licensed Fireworks Display Supervisors and Senior Pyrotechnicians. An associated permit fee is applied.

For more information on Firework Regulations, please review the Fire and Life Safety Bylaw 8306.

For permits pertaining to special effects related to filming on City-owned property, please contact the City’s Film and Major Event Liaison to initiate the application process at

NOTE: Richmond Fire-Rescue issues permits for all fireworks displays and special effects on private and City-owned property in Richmond.

Please download the form you require, complete it, then Drag and Drop it back into the space provided below.

Click or drag files to this area to upload. You can upload up to 3 files.

Outdoor Burning Permits

Open Burn Permit

Outdoor burning at any time of the year poses significant health and safety hazards to our community.

As a result, you require two permits: one from Richmond Fire-Rescue, and one from Metro Vancouver.

You must have authorization from Metro Vancouver before open burning (except a campfire), in addition to any burn permits required by Richmond Fire Rescue

Open-air burning for agricultural purposes is only permitted on agricultural lands between October 1 and April 30, with a permit issued by Richmond Fire-Rescue.

April 30th through October 1, no burn permits will be issued.

Apply for an Outdoor Burn Permit from RFR

Please follow these three steps in order:

  1. Download the Richmond Fire-Rescue Outdoor Burn Permit. (HERE)
  2. Fill out the permit, then save a copy to your computer.
  3. Drop and Drag the COMPLETED PERMIT into the space provided below.
Click or drag files to this area to upload. You can upload up to 3 files.

NOTE: Richmond Fire-Rescue may cancel any Open Burning Permit at any time, due to non-compliant conditions on the property and are subject to Richmond Fire-Rescue fees.

Metro Vancouver Information and Links

Alternatives to Open Burning Best Practices Guide: Managing Agricultural Vegetative Waste in Metro Vancouver

Open Burning Vegetative Debris | Metro Vancouver

Information Centre

Metro Vancouver Website: CLICK HERE

Fuel Tank Installation/Removal Permits

Fuel Tank Installation/Removal Permits

Apply for a Fuel Tank Installation/Removal Permit

All above and below ground flammable or combustible fuel tanks require a permit prior to installation or removal.

  1. Please download and complete the form
  2. Save the completed form to your computer
  3. Drop and Drag the completed form from your computer back into the space provided
  4. Once received, we will contact you.
Click or drag files to this area to upload. You can upload up to 3 files.