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As per By-Law #2007-84,

No Open Air Burning (this includes incinerators) is allowed between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Campfires 2X2X2 for recreational purposes are allowed.

All Open Air Burning including incinerators requires a Burn Permit.

Campfires that are 2X2X2 that meet the By-Law standard do not.



Carbon Monoxide Detectors Are Now Mandatory

Carbon Monoxide alarms, located adjacent to all sleeping areas of your home, are now mandatory in Ontario. See the Carbon Monoxide section below for details.

Open Air Burning Permits

Be advised that any open air burning requires a permit issued in the new year.

This is to advise that the Council of the Township of Rideau Lakes has passed that open air burning permits will now have a fee cost of $10.00.

The permit once issued will be good for the calendar year in which they are issued.

Permits are required for all the same types of open air burning as defined by by-law 2007-84 (see By-Law Page), this has not changed. The exception as before is a campfire as defined by by-law 2007-84.

Questions, please contact:

Fire Chief Jay DeBernardi
Township of Rideau Lakes
1439 County Road 8, Delta, Ontario. K0E 1G0
928-2251 or 1-800-928-2250 Ext. 237

We're Looking for Volunteers - See Below

Fire protection in the Township of Rideau Lakes is provided by 4 fire stations, 16 fire vehicles, 2 boats, and 100 volunteers. In addition to this, an Automatic Aid Agreement in part of South Elmsley Ward is provided under contract with the Smiths Falls Fire Department.

The Rideau Lakes Fire Department provides a range of services which include: fire suppression, fire prevention and public education, search and rescue, ice water rescue and auto extrication. All four fire stations within Rideau Lakes are capable of providing emergency medical first response, including defibrillation.

Fire Chief - Jay DeBernardi
Township of Rideau Lakes
1439 County Road 8, Delta, Ontario K0E 1G0
Tel: 613-928-2251 ext.237 or 1-800-928-2250 ext.237
Fax: 613-928-3097

Station locations and areas of coverage are:

Station #1
18 King Street
Delta, Ontario, K0E 1G0
Coverage area - the former township of Bastard, now part of the Ward of Bastard and South Burgess.

Station #2
20 Colborne Street
Portland, Ontario. K0G 1V0
Coverage area - the former township of South Burgess, now part of the Ward of Bastard and South Burgess. Plus part of South Elmsley Ward, up to an including Otter Lake Road.

Station #3
32 Halladay Street
Elgin, Ontario. K0G 1E0
Coverage Area: Ward of South Crosby

Station #4
31 Spring Street
Westport, Ontario. K0G 1X0
Coverage Area: Wards of North Crosby and Newboro

Smiths Falls: Automatic Aid Emergency Response Only
Coverage Area: South Elmsley Ward, North of Otter Lake

For more information or to answer any questions, please contact the Fire Service through the Municipal Office (contact information at bottom of page).

Smoke Alarms - It's The Law!
Under the Ontario Fire Code, every home in Ontario is required to have working smoke alarms on every level. Statistics show that smoke alarms save lives. In a fire situation, you may have as little as two minutes to make your escape. A working smoke alarm may very well give you that edge, especially in the middle of the night. Battery operated smoke alarms, either CSA or ULC approved, are acceptable. They are low cost and they do work, with a minimum amount of maintenance.

Homeowners must ensure that smoke alarms are installed between sleeping and living areas. They are also required to maintain the smoke alarms in working order. In rental accommodation, the obligation to install and maintain smoke alarms in operating condition falls to the landlord. Landlords must also provide smoke alarm maintenance information to the occupant of each unit. It is an offence for any person to disable a smoke alarm. This requirement applies equally to homeowners, landlords and tenants. Failure to comply with smoke alarm requirements can result in a $200.00 fine.

Does Your House have Working Fire Alarms? - In Ontario approximately 70 percent of fire deaths occur in homes that are not protected by working smoke alarms. If you do not have smoke alarms in your home, install them today. If you do have smoke alarms, test them regularly to ensure they work. For more information see the Fire Alarm News Page.

Carbon Monoxide Alarms - It's The Law!

Carbon Monoxide Alarms are now mandatory in all homes in Ontario.

Please use the link below to watch a brief video, which provides very good information. Also a link to the most commonly asked questions with answers, and a link with installation requirements, are also available for your use.

If you require further information the Fire Department would be pleased to answer any other questions you may have.


Please be advised that the Township has an Open Air Burning By-Law, which does not allow burning during the day between 8 am to 6 pm (with the exception of campfires, defined as a fire 2’x2’x2’) during Fire Season (April 1 to October 31).

From November 1 to March 31, you may burn in the daytime, with a permit as long as you follow the rest of the regulations.

To check fire conditions you may call the Fire Condition Hotline at 613-928-2251, Ext. 600 or 1-800-928-2250, Ext. 600; this line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


The Ontario Fire Code prohibits open burning unless approved by the Chief Fire Official.

Township By-Law #2007-84 allows for such approved open burning through a permit process. Any unauthorized burning may result in a fine pursuant to the Ontario Fire Code, and the Provincial Offences Act.


Burn Permits are required for all Open Air Burning (no permit is required for a campfire, 2’x2’x2’) and are valid for calendar year only, January 1 to December 31.

The following locations are where Open Air Burning Permits may be picked up during regular business hours:
Rideau Lakes Township Office  - Chantry
Delta Market  - Delta
Ultramar  - Portland
Hearth and Home  - Westport
Gordaniers Hardware  - Elgin
Bennett's Bait'N Tackle Hwy 15 / 158 Lombard Street

Please get a copy of the By-Law for full information as to the Open Air Burning Regulations, they are available at permit issuers and will be found under By-Laws on the Township Web Site.

Residents are asked to give 24 hours notice before using their Open Air Burning Permits.

Your Fire Department is available for fire prevention and public education presentations to various groups, clubs and associations. Please take advantage of this service.
Campfires and Cooking Fires


 A Campfire or Cooking Fire (as defined in By-Law #2007-84 - see excerpt below) does not require a Burn Permit.  Campfires and Cooking Fires are also not subject to the time of day burning restrictions during the Fire Season.


Campfire” shall mean an “Open Air Burn”, having a maximum fuel volume of

.6metres x .6 metres x .6 metres height. (2 feet x 2 feet x 2 feet), that is set and

maintained solely for the purposes of cooking food, providing warmth or

recreational enjoyment and where;


i) The site of the fire is bare rock or other non-combustible material.

ii)  The fire is at least 2 metres (6 feet) from any flammable material.

iii) The space above the fire is at least 3 metres (9.9 feet) from vegetation.

iv) The flame length does not exceed 1 metre (3.3 feet) in height and 1 metre (3.3 feet) in diameter. 


 “Cooking Fire” shall mean a fire used for cooking food and contained within an approved containment area or approved outdoor fireplace."


Civic Addressing
Every residence and/or business in the township has been assigned a "9-1-1" emergency civic address number. These numbers in addition to aiding in emergency response, are also useful in helping others find you. Unfortunately not all residents in the township have taken advantage of this. Signs are available from the township. These signs are reflective and easily seen day or night. To order your civic address complete the 911 Civic Number Application form and submit to the Township office with the required fee.

REMEMBER - If we can't find you - we can't help you!

Cell Phones and 911
When using 911 for an emergency call, please be sure to use a land-based telephone whenever possible. The 911 system can only identify your exact calling location from land-based phones. Cell phone 911 calls are routed directly to the OPP and not to the 911 call centre.

However, if you need to use a cell phone for an emergency call, please be sure to stay on the line as long as you can to ensure that the details of your location and the emergency are clear to the operator.

Cell phones, because of their portability, do not have a connection to 911 call centres. If you have a choice, please use land based phones for 911 calls whenever possible.

Emergency Response Plan
The Township of Rideau Lakes has the responsibility for dealing with any emergency affecting, or likely to affect, the people and property situated within Township boundaries. It has an Emergency Response Plan that governs the arrangements, procedures, as well as the roles and responsibilities of agencies and individuals during an emergency. To view details of the plan please see the Emergency Response Plan page.

Fire Protection Guidelines for Private Road Construction

The Township has guidelines for private road construction that will provide the greatest possibility for the fire department to provide full emergency response within its capabilities to do so. See Fire Protection Guidelines for Private Road Construction (PDF)


Please submit the following application form which will be used to determine your eligibility for employment as a Volunteer Fire Fighter.

Questions about the form should be directed to the Fire Chief of Rideau Lakes Fire Department, 1439 County Rd. 8, Delta, Ontario K0E 1G0. 613-928-2251 Ext. 237

The application form can be downloaded as either a Word or a Rich Text document:
  Download or view the MS Word DocumentVolunteer Fire Fighter Application Form (50K MS Word file)
  Download or view the Rich Text Document Volunteer Fire Fighter Application Form (410K RTF file)

Note: To save these files directly to your computer (without viewing them first) simply click your right mouse button while on the link and choose the "save target as" or "save link as" option.

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Township of Rideau Lakes, 1439 County Road 8, Delta, ON, K0E 1G0
For general inquiries, administration, planning, public works, parks & rec, and fire department:
Tel: 613-928-2251 or 1-800-928-2250 - Fax: 613-928-3097
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Tel: 613-928-2896 or 1-866-677-4577

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