How you can help stop wood smoke pollution

Proving Wood Smoke Pollution

Residents are not prohibited from using a wood stove or fireplace provided they meet the conditions of the GVRD Air Quality Management Bylaw. However, under no circumstances can pollution, as defined in law, be caused.

What is pollution? Pollution may have been caused when your ability to enjoy your property is substantially impaired by wood smoke coming from elsewhere.

Enforcement action by Metro Vancouver is possible in severe cases where pollution can be proven, although the threshold for pollution is very high as is the burden of proof required.

Metro Vancouver has limited powers when trying to collect evidence from a private residence, but those affected by persistent wood smoke can help us build a stronger case by:

  • Keeping a wood smoke diary to record the frequency of incidents and their impact on you and your family
  • Talking to your neighbours to see if they are affected and willing to make impact statements
  • Taking photographs or video of the smoke, especially if it enters your property
  • Contacting Metro Vancouver as soon as you observe wood smoke so that an Officer might attend the scene
  • Giving permission to Metro Vancouver to set up monitoring equipment on your property

Contact us for more details or refer to the Wood Smoke Diary under Related Links.