It is often fun to celebrate major holidays with fireworks. The Town of Innisfil Fireworks By-law regulates the use and sale of consumer fireworks in our community. Make sure to review our safety tips and always be respectful of your neighbours when using fireworks.

The use of firecrackers and flying lanterns in Innisfil is prohibited.

Setting off consumer fireworks

You can set off fireworks between dusk and 11 p.m. on the following holidays, including the two days before and after the holiday, each year without a permit:

  • Victoria Day
  • Canada Day
  • New Year's Eve (until 1 a.m.)

Where can I set off fireworks?

You can only set off fireworks on property that you own or lease. If you don't own or lease the property, you need to have permission from the property owner. You can't use fireworks within 8 m of the any:

  • Building or shelter
  • Camp, tent or trailer
  • Fence
  • Vehicle

You cannot set off fireworks on any Town-owned property or public land without written consent from the Town.

Fireworks permits

Please contact us by email at innisfilfire@innisfil.ca or give us a call at 705-457-2318.

Fireworks By-law amendments 

Council considered several amendments to the Fireworks By-law after community consultation to limit the number of days fireworks can be set off while recognizing other cultural holidays.

Council directed staff to include the recommended amendments to the Fireworks By-law and report back for final approval. Subscribe to this page for updates. 

Amendment: Permitted days and times

The amendment recommends:

  • Fireworks will only be permitted on the actual holiday, or a "rain date" as designated by the Chief Fire Official
  • Lunar New Year, Diwali and Eid-al-Fitr will be added as permitted days you can set off fireworks without a permit
Amendment: Prohibited locations

In addition to the current Fireworks By-law rules, the amendment recommends that you cannot set off fireworks: 

  • Within 50 m of locations that include uses such as hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, retirement homes or licensed group homes
  • Within 50 m of a place where explosives, gasoline or other highly flammable substances are commercially manufactured, stored or sold
  • Within 500 m of the property boundary of lands used for livestock, an animal shelter, wildlife sanctuary or conservation area is contained
Amendment: Fines

The amendment recommends:

  • An offence for the owners of properties where consumer fireworks are set off in contravention of the by-law
  • That staff seek approval for a set fine of $500 for fireworks set off within 8 m of a building

Safety tips

Make sure to follow these safety tips when setting off fireworks:

  • Appoint a responsible person to be in charge
  • Carefully read and follow the label directions on the firework packaging
  • Always keep a water hose or pail of water close by when discharging fireworks
  • Discharge fireworks far away from combustible materials like buildings, trees and dry grass
  • Any spectators should be a safe distance away and upwind from where the fireworks are discharged
  • Only light one firework at a time when they are on the ground
  • Never try to light a firework in your hand or re-light dud fireworks
  • Don't discharge fireworks during strong winds or unsafe weather conditions
  • Keep sparklers away from children and soak them in water after use

If you have a dud firework, you should:

  • Wait 30 minutes
  • Soak them in a bucket of water
  • Dispose of them in a metal container

If someone gets burned, you should run cold water over the area for three to five minutes and seek medical attention if necessary.

Fines for misuse

Violations of the Fireworks By-law will result in fines. Violating the use of consumer fireworks carries a minimum fine of $500 and violating the use of display fireworks carries a minimum fine of $3,000.

Respecting your neighbours and community

We care about all community members and ask that you respect your neighbours while using fireworks. Some folks can be negatively affected by excessive noise or inappropriate use of fireworks.

Individuals with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is a mental illness that results from exposure to trauma. People with PTSD who have suffered a traumatic event involving loud sounds can experience trouble sleeping when fireworks are being set off.

Children and pets

Generally, noise from fireworks can:

  • Cause distress
  • Keep children from sleeping
  • Aggravate and scare pets

Older adults

Older adults often have health concerns or trouble sleeping. Fireworks can increase their discomfort and recovery from health issues.