Residential Indoor Wood Burning Bylaw


Residential Indoor Wood Burning is prohibited from May 15 to September 15 unless the wood-burning appliance is operated within an off-grid residence that is located outside the Urban Containment Boundary, or the wood-burning appliance is the sole source of heat.

Residential Indoor Wood Burning Bylaw 1303, 2020

To reduce emissions from residential indoor wood burning, the Metro Vancouver Regional District (MVRD) Board adopted Metro Vancouver Regional District Residential Indoor Wood Burning Emission Regulation Bylaw 1303, 2020 in March 2020. This bylaw is intended to reduce impacts to health and the environment of residential wood smoke.

 Bylaw 1303, 2020 - A Bylaw to Regulate the Discharge of Air Contaminants from Residential Indoor Wood Burning Appliances

Phased-in Bylaw Requirements

Best burning practices are currently required whenever an appliance is used (see Schedule B for a description). Every year there will be a prohibition on using indoor wood burning appliances during the warm season (May 15 to September 15).

Future phased measures promote cleaner wood-burning practices and technologies, and more stringent requirements in more densely populated areas will help reduce exposure to harmful smoke.

From September 2022, users who reside in Metro Vancouver’s Urban Containment Boundary (UCB Map) will be required to register their appliance with Metro Vancouver. To qualify for registration, the appliance must meet performance standards to ensure emissions are low. From September 2025 (2032 for the Village of Lions Bay), unregistered appliances will not be allowed to operate, except during emergencies, or if it is being operated within a low-income household.


Reducing Wood Smoke

Metro Vancouver offers a Wood Stove exchange program, educational workshops, and other initiatives to help reduce wood smoke.