Fireworks display

Halloween fireworks permits and safety tips

To ensure a safe and fun fireworks display on Halloween, you need to get a family fireworks permit and follow our rules and safety tips below.

Not obeying the rules may lead to a $500 fine per violation.

You must be 19 years and older to apply for a fireworks permit, and to buy and set off fireworks.

Fireworks retail permit

Find out how to get a fireworks retail permit from the Fire Prevention Office to sell fireworks to the public.

 Fireworks may cause serious injuries to the eyes, head, or hands. Reduce the risk with proper handling.

Do not try to make your own fireworks! It's illegal and extremely dangerous.

Fireworks safety tips, procedures, and rules

To buy, own, and set off fireworks, follow these procedures and rules.

Buying fireworks 

You must have a fireworks permit. After you receive a permit, follow these steps:

  1. Print your permit.
  2. Bring your permit and two pieces of ID to the fireworks vendor.
  3. Keep the permit with you when you set off your fireworks.

Only buy fireworks

  • Between October 25 and 31
  • From retailers who have a permit to sell fireworks
  • That are authorized for use in Canada

 Firecrackers or bottle rockets are not permitted to buy or to set off. Roman candles may be purchased only when they are part of a consumer pack.

Rules and bylaws for fireworks

Fireworks can only be set off:

  • On October 31
  • By the permit holder: someone 19 years or older that complies with all the permit conditions
  • On private property, with the property owner's written permission
  • On paths that avoid people, animals, buildings, or vehicles 

 Disobeying these rules may lead to a $500 fine per violation, according to:

Contact Fire Prevention

Monday to Friday
8:30am to 4:30pm

600 - 575 W 8th Ave
Vancouver BC, V5Z 0C4