Discharging fireworks on your property requires a Tier I permit. The permit is only valid for one event. However, you can change the date by emailing Edmonton Fire Rescue Services at firstname.lastname@example.org
Before You Buy
Find a space on your property that is clear of sheds, buildings, houses, trees, shrubs and any other combustible item. This cannot include any public property, roads and/or parks.
Identify where you want to discharge the fireworks.
Measure the space from where you will discharge to the closest building, shed, house, tree or shrub. You will need this information when you buy fireworks.
When You Buy
Buy from a professional at a retail outlet.
When you purchase your fireworks, the label clearly indicates the space you must have to prevent damage to property or injury (this is a Federal requirement).
Work with the fireworks professional to buy the product that matches the space you have.
Follow all the guidelines on the label of the product.
Do not use fireworks if the wind exceeds 45 km/hr or there is a fire ban.
Have a fire extinguisher or a garden hose.
Call the fire department 15 minutes before you shoot your fireworks. The number is 780-414-7332.
Public Events: Permit Information
Tier II permits may be issued provided current health and safety regulations permit the event.
Any property other than residential property and/or where the public can attend requires a Tier II permit. This includes community league events, religious celebrations and private property that is not residential.
You must have a certified professional discharge fireworks. The minimum certification is “display assistant”.
Tier II consumer permits: $147
Inspection/over time fees will not be charged.
High hazard permits: $181
For high hazard events, a site inspection is mandatory. Fire Rescue will work with the event organizer to have the site inspection done during business hours whenever possible. If the inspection cannot be done during business hours, overtime may be included with the permit fee.
Permit Conditions for Public Events
Any acceptable property other than residential property falls under Tier II permits. This includes community league events, religious celebrations, and private property that is not residential.
No person under the age of 18 shall possess, handle, discharge, fire or set off fireworks.
The applicant must be certified to a minimum, “Display Assistant” level under the Explosive Regulatory Division of Natural Resources Canada.
The applicant must provide a list of all products, as well as the burst height and safe spectator distance for the maximum height and distance product.
The applicant must provide an acceptable site plan identifying the discharge location, fallout zone, discharge area, spectator area, geographical features and building locations with approximate site dimensions.
The applicant will provide an event description with means of visual identification of the spectator viewing area.
The applicant will provide an Emergency Action plan and Fire Safety plan, as well as a Site Remediation Strategy.
A listed and labeled portable fire extinguisher with a minimum rating of 2A (2.5 gallon of water) or water supply (charged garden hose), shall be provided in the immediate area where fireworks are being discharged, fired or set off.
The applicant must provide proof of liability insurance with a minimum of $1,000,000.00 coverage.
Payment of applicable permit fees as per bylaw 15309, schedule B:
Permit fee for Family/Consumer (low hazard) fireworks (per permit, per event): $147
Permit fee for high hazard display of fireworks (per permit, per event): $181
For high hazard events, a site inspection is mandatory. If the site inspection cannot be done during business hours, overtime may be included with the permit fee.
The owner or occupant of that land and the owner or occupant of neighbouring land on which debris might reasonably be expected to fall; this includes:
any correctional institution as defined in the Corrections Act, a facility as defined in the Mental Health Act, a nursing home within the meaning of the Nursing Homes Act, a social care facility as defined in the Social Care Facilities Licensing Act, a hospital as defined in the Hospitals Act, an educational or religious institution within 250 meters;
notification for an educational or religious institution is only required if the event happens when the building is occupied during regular business hours;
notification, which includes contact information for the fire department is sufficient; a copy of the email with the “read receipt” notification is adequate proof of notification.
Any time consumer fireworks, in an amount not to exceed 10 kg, are stored in a dwelling unit, they shall be stored in a secure container, in a cool dry area, and away from an open flame, excessive heat or spark-producing equipment or tools.
Persons discharging, firing or setting off fireworks within the City of Edmonton limits, are required to call Edmonton Fire Rescue Services’ Dispatch Centre at 780-414-7332 prior to the discharge of fireworks.
Safety Tips Summary
Have a responsible adult handle and discharge the fireworks.
Keep fireworks and sparklers away from children.
Follow all instructions on the label of the fireworks. The label clearly indicates the space you MUST have to prevent damage to property or injury.
Follow all the guidelines for storage of fireworks.