Important: Buy your permit first!

A fireworks permit must be obtained prior to setting off fireworks within the electoral areas of the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD). A fireworks permit costs $10 and the applicant must be at least 18 years of age. The fine for exploding or setting off fireworks without a permit is $500.

How to Apply for a Fireworks Permit

Download and fill out the Application and a Permit to Explode or Set Off Fireworks, and submit it in person to the CVRD office at 770 Harmston Avenue, Courtenay, between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm Monday to Friday. You can also email the completed application and permit. Upon receipt CVRD staff will be in touch to collect payment over the phone. 

General Information about Fireworks in the CVRD

Bylaw No. 1971 regulates the sale and explosion of fireworks within a part of the Comox Valley Regional District. This bylaw applies in each of Baynes Sound – Denman/Hornby Islands (Electoral Area A), Lazo North (Electoral Area B) and Puntledge – Black Creek (Electoral Area C). 

Important: The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) does not allow signs on road rights-of-way or attached to existing MOTI signs.

For more information about fireworks permits, regulations and safety, refer to the Fireworks in the CVRD information brochure.

Sale of Fireworks in the CVRD

The sale of fireworks within the electoral areas of the CVRD shall only occur between October 24 and November 1 (inclusive) in any year.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Why is a permit required by the CVRD?

The permit is necessary to ensure that fireworks are being set off on private property by someone 18 years of age or older in a responsible manner. The permit also assists authorities in tracking the location and times of fireworks displays, should complaints be received.

Where does the money from the permit go?

The funds from all permits sold are returned to the Fireworks Service to further assist with continuing education of the fireworks regulations in the regional district as well as to assist with costs such as advertising and the printing of the safety brochures.

What happens if I don’t purchase a permit to set off my fireworks?

Individuals that set fireworks off without a permit within the electoral areas of the regional district may be subject to fines. However, the regional district is always looking for compliance with our bylaws.

How will the fireworks bylaw be enforced?

The bylaw will be enforced by regional district enforcement staff with assistance from the RCMP and local fire departments. Enforcement will be both pro-active as well as complaint-driven.