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Fireworks are discharged in the Municipality of Port Hope to celebrate a variety of events. Port Hope has legislated their safe use as outlined in  By-law 102-2008. The By-law states that residents may only discharge fireworks on Victoria Day and Canada Day. Anyone wishing to have an event involving fireworks beyond those dates must apply for a permit.

Discharging Fireworks

  • No person shall discharge consumer fireworks except between dusk and 11:00 p.m. on Victoria Day and between dusk and 11:00 p.m. on Canada Day.
  • A permit to display fireworks must be obtained from the Fire Chief beyond those dates. 
  • A person eighteen (18) years of age or older may hold a display of consumer fireworks on any land belonging to him or her or on any other privately owned land where the owner thereof has given permission for such display or discharge of fireworks.
  • No person under the age of eighteen (18) years shall discharge any consumer fireworks except under the direct supervision of and control of a person eighteen (18) years of age or over.
  • No person being the parent or guardian of any person under the age of eighteen (18) years shall allow the person to discharge any consumer fireworks except when such parent or guardian or some other responsible person of eighteen (18) years of age or over is in direct supervision and control.
  • No person shall discharge any consumer fireworks in such a manner as might create danger or constitute a nuisance to any person or property, or do to or cause or allow any unsafe act or omission at the time and place for the discharging of any fireworks.
  • No person shall discharge any consumer fireworks in or into any buildings, doorway, or automobile. 
  • No person shall discharge any consumer fireworks in or on or into any park, highway, street, lane, square or other public place, unless under a display fireworks permit to do so issued by the Fire Chief.

Fireworks By-law and Permit Application

  • If you would like to apply to display fireworks within the Municipality, please contact the Fire Administration Office.
  • A copy of By-law 102-2008 for the Sale of Fireworks and the Setting off of Fireworks and Pyrotechnics within the Municipality of Port Hope can be obtained by contacting the Fire Administration Office. 

 Sale of Consumer Fireworks

  •  The sale of consumer fireworks within the municipality must be approved by the Fire Chief.
  • Establishments who wish to offer fireworks for sale must complete and submit the Sale of Fireworks application online or in person at the Fire Administration Office at 245 Ontario Street.
  • When an inspection of the premises is approved, and the $100 licensing fee is paid; fireworks shall be sold ten (10) days prior to Victoria Day and ten days prior to Canada Day only.

Sale of fireworks application