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Outdoor Fireplaces: Residents Satisfied With By-laws in Force

 On August 22, the Ville de Châteauguay issued the final report on its survey on outdoor fireplaces, which over 1,700 residents answered either electronically or on paper, between May 10 and June 14.

At the request of residents who stated that they were inconvenienced by outdoor fires on residential properties, the City wanted to evaluate the possibility of reviewing the relevant bylaws.

The report concluded that a maximum of 17% of respondents are sometimes or often bothered by fireplaces. However, over 96% of respondents do not want outdoor fireplaces to be prohibited and only a small percentage of people find the bylaws inappropriate.

After reading the document, the elected officials unanimously decided not to review the bylaws as the vast majority of the population agree with them.

Bylaws in force

All residents who would like to install an outdoor fireplace must comply with the rules contained in Zoning By-law Z-3001, namely:

·         Outdoor fireplaces must have a chimney with a spark-proof grill;

·         Maximum height is 1.8 metres, including the chimney;

·         Minimum distance from the property line is 2 metres;

 ·         Minimum distance from main building and any flammable materials is 3 metres.

 

Moreover, the following standards contained in General Rules By-law G-2000 on nuisances must be complied with

 ·         The emission of dense smoke, embers, soot or sparks from chimneys, outdoor fireplaces or any other source, and the use of firecrackers, rockets and pyrotechnics, constitute a nuisance and are prohibited;

 ·         Open fires are also prohibited, except for fires made in outdoor fireplaces built for this purpose;

 ·         Fires are prohibited at all times between 11 pm and 7 am.

The City thanks its residents for their participation in the survey. The full report is available for consultation on the website at www.ville.chateauguay.qc.ca/sondage-feux-foyer-exterieurs-2019. Anyone wishing to learn more about the by-laws in force in Châteauguay can do so by visiting www.ville.chateauguay.qc.ca/droits-reglementation.

Last update: 2019-08-26 09:28