Halloween & Fireworks
Halloween fireworks require a permit and can only be discharged on October 31 from 5 to 10 p.m.
How to get a fireworks permit
- a fireworks permit costs $5
- NEW for 2021: permits can be purchased by sending Fire & Rescue an email. We will ask for your name, phone number, address, email and proposed location to ignite fireworks to complete the permit. Payment can be made either over the phone or email via credit card. The permit will be emailed once payment is processed.
- permits can still be purchased in person at Fire Station No.1 (760 16th Street) from October 25 to 29, 2020, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Exact change of $5 is required.
- no permits will be available for purchase on Saturday, October 30 or Sunday, October 31, 2021.
- you must complete an application form at the time of purchase
- you must be 18 years or over to purchase a fireworks permit and have valid photo ID
Note: Fireworks permit prices are reviewed annually and are subject to change each year.
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.