Ministry of the
Solicitor General

OFM - 04-47-12

Development of Fire Prevention By-laws

Public Fire Safety Guidelines

Subject Coding

PFSG 04-47-12


Fire Prevention and Public Education


August 1998


Development of Fire Prevention By-laws


Under Review


To provide guidance in the development of fire prevention by-laws.

Service Delivery Implications:

  • Fire prevention by-laws are created to allow council the authority to enforce fire and life safety requirements that affect the public.
  • Municipal by-laws must not conflict with provincial legislation or regulation.
  • Fire prevention by-laws may be used to compliment the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, the Ontario Building Code and the Ontario Fire Code.

Development Considerations:

Impact of by-law on the community:

  • restrictions or hardships on particular areas or groups of people
  • public reaction
  • cost of administration
  • consistent enforcement
  • benefits to community
  • local fire concerns

By-law Requirements:

The by-law should contain some or all of the following

  • components:
  • corporate title
  • by-law number
  • authorizing preamble
  • recital preamble
  • enactment clause
  • operative clauses
  • schedule clause
  • penalty clause
  • repeal clause
  • approval clause
  • effective date clause
  • dating of various readings and signing

A by-law should be reviewed by the municipal solicitor and fire chief.

Related Considerations:

Fire prevention by-laws may be enacted to:

  • appoint fire department personnel as building inspectors
  • regulate the approval for open air burning
  • designate and maintain fire department access routes
  • legislate other areas not regulated by provincial statute

Codes, Standards, and Best Practices:

Codes, Standards and Best Practices resources available to assist in establishing local policy on this assessment are listed below. All are available at . Please feel free to copy and distribute this document. We ask that the document not be altered in any way, that the Office of the Fire Marshal be credited and that the documents be used for non-commercial purposes only.

See also PFSG
01-02-01 Comprehensive Fire Safety Effectiveness Model
04-12-13 Core Services
04-39-12 Fire Prevention Effectiveness Model
04-40-12 & 03 Selection of Appropriate Fire Prevention Programs