Halloween & Fireworks
Did you know that Halloween fireworks require a permit and can only be discharged on October 31 from 5–10 p.m.?
How to get a fireworks permit
- fireworks permits cost $5
- permits can be purchased in person at Fire Station No.1 (760 16th Street) from October 25-31, 2018, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
- no permits will be available on Saturday, October 27 or Sunday, October 28, 2018
- you must complete an application form at the time of purchase
- must be 18 years and over to purchase with valid photo ID
Fireworks may only be discharged on October 31 from 5–10 p.m.
Fireworks can cause the loss of a finger or an eye, serious burns or permanent damage to hearing and vision.
If you cause injury to another person as a result of improper fireworks conduct, you could be held criminally responsible.
Tips for Safe Fireworks Fun
- always read and follow directions on the fireworks label
- never hold fireworks in your hand when lighting them
- only buy fireworks in Canada from reliable sources
- use a lighting stick rather than matches or lighters to ignite your fireworks
- dispose of spent fireworks by soaking them in water before throwing them in the trash
- keep a charged garden hose at the firing site
- use a bucket, box or wheelbarrow filled with earth or sand as a firing base
- fireworks can only be used by an adult with a Fireworks Use Permit
- it is illegal to use fireworks without this permit. An application form must be completed in person when the permit is purchased at Fire Station No.1
- be aware that a North Vancouver District or any other Fireworks Permit is not valid in West Vancouver
- it is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to purchase, transport or use fireworks
- fireworks must be used on private property only with the written consent of the property owner
- it is illegal to discharge, propel, point or throw any fireworks at any person, animal, vehicle, building, structure, hedge or vegetation
- fireworks are illegal to use on any highway, street, park, playground, school grounds or any other public place within the District of West Vancouver
- Roman Candles, rockets and other noisemakers are legal only if they make up not more than 30% of a family pack of fireworks. Your fireworks retailer should be familiar with these regulations and assist you in your purchase.
- fines start at $500 per offence and can reach $2000 or more for misuse of fireworks. Maximum fine $10,000 and six months imprisonment.
Halloween fire safety
Firework permit prices are reviewed annually and are subject to change each year
Fire & Rescue Services
Report a fire
Call 9-1-1 immediately to report a fire.
Indicate where the fire is located, provide a description of what is on fire, who is trapped or in danger, how the fire started and any additional details: odour, smoke, flames.
Halloween Fire Safety
Safety tips for candles, costumes and decorations during this spooky season: