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High Hazard (Display) Fireworks

Fire Prevention Branch Application Permit/Service

Note: High hazard fireworks permits will require a minimum of 14 days for processing.

All firework displays on public land within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo require the submission and approval of the high hazard permit through the Fire Prevention Branch, proof of insurance through facility booking, and approval of a special events permit. There are two types of fireworks: “Low hazard,” which are the type residents and the general public will use and “high hazard,” which are the type only licensed professionals may use. The following conditions must be adhered to when storing, transporting and discharging fireworks. Section 5.7 of the 2014 Alberta Fire Code regulates fireworks, and in most cases, use on private lands within the Urban Service Area is restricted.

High Hazard Guidelines

The following information will be required on all applications for high hazard fireworks display. Failure to complete the form or to supply all required information will result in the permit application being rejected. Any public display of high hazard fireworks will require a written plan to be submitted at least 14 days prior to the event. This plan must include:

  • Name of group holding event.
  • Name, phone number, and address of person or group holding the event.
  • Map showing exact location of display (this location is required to ensure adequate fallout zones exist).
  • Written permission from land owner where display will take place.
  • Full name, date of birth, qualifications and a log of the responsible applicant or technician’s experience. (A legible copy of NRC certificate is required, including expiry date.) Company name and address also required.
  • Manifest of fireworks being used in display.
  • Manner in which fireworks are to be stored prior to display.
  • Copy of third party certificate of insurance.
  • $120 fee will be invoiced at time of permit issuance.

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