Bylaws, Permits and Regulations

Legislation and Bylaws

Fire & Emergency Services enforces a variety of fire safety legislation and bylaws, including:

As Local Assistants to the Fire Commissioner of British Columbia, the department performs fire investigations and routine fire inspections, collects fire loss statistics for the province, and provides support for major emergencies.

Please note: Online bylaw copies do not represent legal versions of the bylaw and may not include recent amendments.


Automatic Sprinkler Systems

In accordance with Building and Plumbing Bylaw (Bylaw No. 3710), all new residential buildings and building upgrades are required to install an automatic sprinkler system.

Business Licence Inspections

At the time of your business licence application you will be provided a date and time for your fire inspection.

False Alarm Program

The False Alarm program was established to allow the City of Port Coquitlam to recoup the money spent on sending the Fire Department and/or RCMP Officers to attend at premises where the alarm was false.

Fire and Life Safety Inspections

Inspections are among the most important non-emergency activities that the Port Coquitlam Fire & Emergency Services performs.

Fireworks Regulations

Every year fireworks seriously injure people and cause millions of dollars in property damage.

Open Air Burning

Open Air Burning is any fire set outside, other than on an approved grill used to cook food. Campfires, incinerators, burn drums and construction site fires are examples of open air burning.

Storage Tank Permits

You need a Storage Tank Permit to install and/or remove a storage tank on any property within the City. 


Tel  604.927.5466
Fax  604.927.5406

City Bylaw Enforcement Information:

Bylaw Services Department
Tel  604.927.5440