COMOX VALLEY, B.C. – If you plan on celebrating the Halloween season with a bang or by lighting up the night sky, make sure you have a permit.

And you have to follow the rules.

Starting Oct. 24 until Nov. 1 fireworks will be on sale in the CVRD electoral areas A, B and C.

The sale of fireworks must be from a commercially zoned retailer operating under the current fire regulations within the region, and fireworks are only allowed to be set off in the electoral areas on property you own or with the owner’s permission.

Permits are required prior to exploding or setting off fireworks.

Permits are available online or at the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) office at 600 Comox Road for $10.

To download a permit form, click here.

Applicants must be 18 years of age and older and once the permit is approved, they will be authorized to set off fireworks within the CVRD Electoral Areas on property owned by the permit holder.

Anyone wishing to set off fireworks on private property must provide written consent from the property owner.

If you live within the Town of Comox, City of Courtenay or Village of Cumberland please contact your municipality for fireworks regulations and permit requirements.

“This Halloween make sure you get your fireworks permit first,” explains CVRD manager of bylaw compliance Amanda Yasinski. “Failure to have a permit is a $500 fine. As well, please respect your neighbours and let them know beforehand if you are planning on setting off fireworks to help reduce the possibility of frightened children and animals.”

For more about the CVRD’s fireworks regulations, click here.