Barbecues and fire restrictions

Charcoal barbecues banned

With continuing hot weather and dry conditions, charcoal barbecues are banned at parks and beaches until further notice.

Propane barbecues are permitted, with the exception of Lighthouse Park.

Summer in West Vancouver means making the most of our many trails, beaches, parks and patios. Please take proper safety precautions when barbecuing and read our picnic guidelines so you can enjoy summer safely.

In West Vancouver, you can use the following fire devices on your property. 

  • gas fire pit/table (portable or plumbed)
  • charcoal fire pit/table
  • charcoal barbecues
  • propane barbecues
  • citronella garden torch
  • typical propane tanks


The following are never allowed in West Vancouver due to the risk of spreading a fire:

  • beach or park fires
  • smoking and vaping in all West Vancouver parks and beaches
  • barbecues in Lighthouse Park
  • outdoor wood-burning ovens
  • outdoor wood-burning fireplaces
  • wood burning fire bowls
  • in-ground fire pits
  • chimineas

Community events sponsored by the District of West Vancouver can apply for a Beach Fire/Open Air Permit.

Fire Bans and Restrictions

Current Fire Danger Rating

Provincial Fire Bans and Restrictions

Report a fire or unsafe activities

If you see a fire anywhere that appears to be out of control, please call 9-1-1 immediately to report it.

To report any unsafe fire activities that you witness, call 604-543-6700

Residential Indoor Wood Burning – new requirements effective September 15, 2022

To improve air quality and public health, Metro Vancouver residents, including those living in West Vancouver, who intend to use wood-burning stoves, fireplaces, or appliances after September 15, 2022, must provide a declaration and register their appliances before burning this fall and winter.

Residents can make their declaration, confirm if they are within the urban area, and register their eligible wood-burning appliances online at or via a mail-in form.

Examples of eligible wood-burning appliances include:

  • Appliances that are certified under Canadian or U.S. emissions standards
  • Appliances that are operated exclusively with manufactured fire logs
  • Appliances that are the sole source of home heating

Residents can exchange their old stoves through Metro Vancouver's Wood Stove Exchange Program, which offers incentives of up to $750 to replace old wood-burning appliances with cleaner burning models or electric heat pumps.

From May 15 to September 15, residential indoor wood-burning appliances cannot be used, unless the location is off-grid, it is the only source of heat, or in the event of an emergency. 

Metro Vancouver is responsible for bylaw enforcement and is initially focusing on education about the new rules and how to comply.

You can report any concerns about emissions from residential wood smoke to Metro Vancouver by calling the complaint line at 604-436-6777 or using an online web form. Learn more on Metro Vancouver's website

Safe Grilling Practices

Please take proper safety precautions when barbecuing and read our picnic guidelines

You can use propane and charcoal barbecues on private properties, beaches and parks at any time of the year in West Vancouver unless specifically banned by signage during the summer season from May to October. 

Note: No fires of any kind, including propane barbecues, are permitted in Lighthouse Park at any time.

Outdoor Grilling Safety Video

When barbecuing, be sure to use the following safe grilling practices:

  • propane and charcoal barbecue grills should only be used outdoors
  • place the grill well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches
  • keep children and pets away from the grill area
  • keep your barbecue clean by removing grease build-up from the grills and in trays below the grill
  • never leave your grill unattended
  • be sure to turn off both your barbecue and propane flow after use

Propane grills

  • never store a propane tank indoors
  • always light a propane gas barbecue with the lid open
  • check the gas tank hose for leaks by applying light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If your grill has a leak and there is no flame, turn off the gas tank and grill. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call Fire & Rescue at 604-925-7370
  • turn off both your barbecue and the flow of propane after use

Charcoal grills

  • a charcoal chimney allows you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel
  • if you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add starter fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire
  • keep starter fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources
  • when finished grilling, let coals cool before disposing of them in a metal container or in the supplied ash bins at beaches and parks
No Smoking

Smoking and vaping is banned in ALL parks and wooded areas due to the fire risk. Be sure to discard cigarettes safely, even in urban areas. To report a careless smoker, please call 604-925-7370.

No Littering

Your litter could start a fire! Paper cups, food wrappers and other combustibles can act like fuel. Glass and bottles can act as a magnifying glass for the sun to start fires. Please ensure you dispose of garbage in a proper receptacle and recycle glass and bottles in an appropriate way.


West Vancouver Fire & Rescue


Report a Fire

If you see a fire anywhere that appears to be out of control, please call 9-1-1 immediately to report it.

Lighthouse Park Fire ban

Fires, barbecues and smoking are all permanently banned at Lighthouse Park. Enjoy the park but do your part to keep it fire-free.

Fire Danger Rating

View the current Fire Danger Rating

Prohibited year-round

  • open fires (including beach fires) anywhere in West Vancouver
  • smoking in parks and beaches
  • barbecues in Lighthouse Park

Summer Fire Safety

Picnic Guidelines