Fireworks in the electoral areas of the CVRD

A permit must be obtained prior to setting off fireworks within the electoral areas of the CVRD.

Permits: $10 Fine for not having a permit: $500

Application for a Permit

Must be filled out and submitted to the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) office at 600 Comox Road, Courtenay between the hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Once the application is approved a permit is then issued, authorizing the user to set off fireworks.

This bylaw regulates the sale and explosion of fireworks within a part of the Comox Valley Regional District. This bylaw applies in each of Electoral Areas A (Baynes Sound-Denman/ Hornby Islands), B (Lazo North) and C (Puntledge-Black Creek). 

Bylaw No. 1971 - Fireworks Regulations in Electoral Areas A, B, & C [PDF - 198 KB]

Sale of Fireworks in the Electoral Areas of the CVRD

No Vendor shall sell fireworks in the electoral areas without supplying copies of the required permit at the point of sale. A vendor may only sell fireworks, pursuant to all other requirements of this bylaw, on lands in the electoral areas that are zoned for the purpose of retail sales. Fireworks cannot be sold as part of a home occupation, domestic business or domestic industrial use.

Vendors wishing to sell fireworks in the regional district must notifying the regional district in writing prior to October 1st of each year.

Reminder to those selling fireworks – Ministry of Transportation (MOTI) does not allow signs on road rights-of-way or attached to existing MOTI signs.

Fireworks Safety

To make sure everyone has a safe and fun outdoor event, the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) has some safety tips for people celebrating with fireworks.

Certainly, the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a fireworks show handled by professionals. However, if you choose to hold a family fireworks event with “common fireworks” sold to consumers, remember that injuries most often result from their misuse and improper handling.

Consumer fireworks are explosives and must be handled with care and respect to prevent injury and property damage. By following a few simple rules, you can substantially reduce the risk of injury and accidentally starting a fire.