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Welcome to the Township of Spallumcheen

Set in the beautiful Spallumcheen Valley, the Township of Spallumcheen is a combination of farming, industrial and residential opportunities.  The wide valley bottom is edged with evergreen slopes and boasts all forms of intensive and family agricultural operations.  Supported by a vibrant industrial park, experience the oldest and largest municipality in the southern Interior of British Columbia and see, why, in Spallumcheen, Farming Comes First.


All residents and landowners within the Township of Spallumcheen please be advised:

  • The open air burning of permitted burning materials by farmers and orchardists is allowed without a permit from October 1 each year to April 15 the following year, with extended burning until May 15 by permit only.
  • Permits are available at the Township of Spallumcheen Municipal Office Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except Statutory Holidays.
    • Every person who starts a fire shall place a competent person at all times in charge of such fire while the same is burning/smoldering until the fire is completely extinguished.
    • Every person who starts a fire shall ensure that the site of the fire is not less than five (5) meters from property lines, power lines, standing timber, brush or structures.
    • Permitted Burning Materials is defined as untreated wood, prunings, branches, tree trunks, stumps, or other vegetation that have been allowed to dry and that do not constitute:

a)  Compostable materials; or

b)  The wood, trees, stumps, shrubbery and wood debris that results from land being cleared or partially cleared of vegetation to help prepare the land for a different use.

  • Prohibited Materials is defined as tires, treated lumber, plastics, railway ties, drywall, manure, demolition waste, rubber, domestic waste, asphalt, paint, asphalt products, fuel and lubricant, recyclable paper and cardboard, industrial/commercial waste, and construction waste.
  • “Burning Barrels” used to dispose of household garbage are not permitted at any time.
  • Persons in violation of this bylaw may be subject to fines up to $2,000.00.
  • The burning of prohibited materials without a permit can result in a $200.00 fine for the first offence and a $500.00 fine for the second offence.
  • The Township of Spallumcheen Fire Department & Fire Prevention Bylaw is also subject to the Ministry of Environment Open Burning Smoke Control Regulations which can be accessed at

All persons considering outdoor burning are requested to visit the Environment Canada’s venting index, by clicking here, or forecast for our region. This index is based on a scale of 1-100 and it shows the following indicators: 55-100 being Good; 35-54 being Fair; 0-34 being Poor. Open burning should only be conducted when the index is above 55.

Residential R1 and R5 Zones (Residential Single Family & Residential Manufactured Home Community)

Please be advised that despite the foregoing all residents located in the Residential (R.1) zone and the Residential (R.5) zone are subject to the provisions of Bylaw 1788, 2011 and are required to apply for a burning permit for open air burning of permitted burning materials at any time during the period of open burning. Permits must be applied for every time you open air burn and will be granted for a maximum of three (3) consecutive days.  After January 1st, 2013 no residents within the Residential (R.1) or Residential (R.5) zones will be permitted to open burn. Outdoor cook stoves and cooking food in grills and barbeques are exempt. Fines may be issued if residents are in contravention of the Township’s bylaws.

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Spring Chipping
Township of Spallumcheen

To the residents of Stepping Stones, Udy, and McLeod subdivisions;

 Spring Chipping Program 


Commencing April 22nd, 2014 the public works department will be going door to door in your neighborhood to chip your prunings and tree branches.

We will be in Stepping Stones and Udy subdivisions on April 22nd and 23rd, 2014, and in the McLeod subdivision on April 24th and 25th, 2014.

In exchange for this FREE service the Township requests that you;

  1. Neatly stack the material adjacent to the roadway with the butt ends of the material facing the street (approximately 3 feet from the edge of pavement).
  2. Ensure that the material does not exceed 5 inches in diameter.
  3. Do NOT include any material containing nails or other metal components.
  4. Do NOT tie the material with wire.
  5. Respect the environment of your neighbors and not burn any unwanted materials.

You can contact the Regional District of North Okanagan at 250-550-3700 to find what alternate disposal methods are available.

For more information on the Chipping Program please contact the Township Office at 250-546-3013 or 1-866-546-3013 (toll free).


If you would like to keep the chips, please advise the Township of Spallumcheen in advance.


Ed Forslund, Public Works Manager

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