Fireworks are only allowed twice a year within the Cowichan Valley Regional District, unless special permission is granted, and Halloween is one of those dates.
But there are still rules that need to be followed to have that old fashioned neighbourhood display, and one of those rules is obtaining a permit from the CVRD two weeks prior to the date.
While the permit is free of charge, you must be 19 years or older, the property owner (or have their permission), assume liability, and adhere to the guidelines provided.
There are broader rules as well: no one is allowed to sell fireworks and it’s not permitted to discharge them within 500 metres of a livestock property. Bonfires after sunset are also prohibited.
What’s more, the CVRD’s fireworks safety page makes the following recommendations:
“A friendly warning to your neighbours will limit disturbance. Respectful communication goes a long way for healthy neighbourly relations. Check for livestock and pets in your area. Have a safe and fun time!”
The unlawful discharge of fireworks can result in a $250 fine, while the sale of fireworks within the CVRD can cost you $750.
Keep in mind these rules apply to all electoral areas (Mill Bay/Malahat, Shawnigan Lake, Cobble Hill, Cowichan Bay, Cowichan Station/Sahtlam/Glenora, Cowichan Lake South/Skutz Falls, Youbou/Meade Creek, Saltair/Gulf Islands, & North Oyster/Diamond), the Town of Ladysmith and the Town of Lake Cowichan.
In North Cowichan and Duncan the rules are similar so before you plan your big event, check with your local government.