Short-range fireworks allowed on private properties
Brampton residents are allowed to use short-range fireworks (those that travel less than three metres or 10 feet) on their private property four times a year (Victoria Day, Canada Day, Diwali and New Year’s Eve) without the need for a permit.
For 2021, short-range fireworks are allowed on the following days:
- May 24 | Victoria Day
- July 1 | Canada Day
- November 4 | Diwali
- December 31 | New Year's Eve
Residents Using Fireworks
Only short-range fireworks (that travel less than three metres or 10 feet), are permitted on private property. Three metres is approximately the height of a basketball hoop, or a Brampton Transit bus. So, if you are planning to use fireworks that fly higher than 3 metres, it is illegal. Fines ranging from $500 to $5,000 could be issued to the property owner.
Fireworks are prohibited on sidewalks, streets, within City parks, school yards or any other public area.
Buying fireworks and preparing for safety
- Buy from a City-licensed vendor. They have to undergo training every year with the City and their stores are inspected to ensure that fireworks are stored correctly for everyone's safety.
- You may be asked to provide ID when buying fireworks in Brampton, to verify that you are 18 years of age or older
- When vendors complete the training and are licensed, their store location will be listed on this page. If you do not see a list, it means that no vendors applied or that no licences were issued.
- After buying the fireworks, keep them in a cool, dry, ventilated place and in a locked container, away from children
- If you have vehicles on your driveway, move them into the garage or street park (but not for more than three hours). This way, you will have a clear space on your driveway to use for short-range fireworks.
- Check the weather forecast. If is going to be windy, do not use fireworks. It’s risky and could cause the spark to spread faster.
Using fireworks safely
- Keep a pail of water handy to put out fireworks and used sparklers
- If you are under 18, do not use fireworks without adult supervision
- Read all instructions on the fireworks and plan the order of firing before you begin
- Do not light a firework or hold a lit firework in your hand other than a sparkler
- Wait at least 30 minutes before approaching a firework that did not discharge
- Never try to fix fireworks that are defective
- Light carefully, always light the fuse at its tip
- Use a good firing base, such as pails or boxes filled with earth or sand
- Bury fireworks half their length if they have no standing base, unless the labelling on the fireworks directs otherwise. Set them at a 10° angle, pointing away from people.
- Spectators must be at the safe distance specified on the fireworks’ label
- Keep used fireworks (including debris) in a pail of water, allow it to cool fully before disposal
- If you parked your car on the street to make space on your driveway, be sure not to park for more than three hours
- Please see the Business Licensing page for more details. Scroll down to “Consumer Fireworks Vendors” section for licence prerequisites, insurance form and online application process.
- Fireworks vendors must complete a mandatory fireworks training (currently offered online due to COVID-19 health restrictions) before being licensed to sell. To register for the course, vendors can call the Brampton Fire Prevention division at 905.874.2740 or email email@example.com and details of the course will be emailed to the applicant.
- For vendors with multiple locations, at least one operator from each location is required to complete the course
- Fireworks seller must ask for customer’s ID to verify that they are 18 years of age or older
- Vendors must also note the following deadlines to apply for fire inspection:
- Friday, April 30, 2021 for Victoria Day fireworks
- Friday, June 11, 2021 for Canada Day fireworks
- Friday October 15, 2021 for Diwali fireworks
- Friday, December 10, 2021 for New Year's Eve fireworks
Display & Pyrotechnics Fireworks
Should an organization or community group wish to arrange a fireworks display, please contact Fire and Emergency Services.