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Local Laws - Fire Pit Regulations

Open burning for campfires and outdoor cooking is permitted without any burning permit if performed in an approved container constructed of steel, brick, or masonry. (1978 Code §24-171; amd. 1994 Code)

Open burning in portable, outdoor fireplaces is permitted. (Ord. 02-4034, 8-20-2002)

International Fire Code (2012)—Locally Adopted Amendments

307.1.1 Prohibited Burning
Burning that is offensive or objectionable because of smoke or odor emissions, or when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous, shall be prohibited.

307.1.2 Hours of Operation
A person shall not maintain any outdoor burning from 11 PM to 7 AM, unless permitted and approved by the fire code official.

307.3 Extinguishment Authority
The fire code official is authorized to order the extinguishment by the responsible person, or the fire department, of any burning that creates or adds to a hazardous or objectionable situation.

For clarity, a “fire pit” includes belowground pits, freestanding fireplaces, and portable devices intended to contain and control outdoor fires.

All belowground fire pits shall be at least four inches in depth and shall be surrounded on the outside, aboveground, by a non-combustible material such as steel, brick, or masonry. The fire pit cannot exceed three feet in diameter, nor may the fire pile exceed two feet in height.

Fire pits may be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications and these regulations:

  • Only natural firewood/commercial logs may be burned.
    • Burning of lumber, pallets, scrap wood, tree trimmings, leaves, yard waste, paper, cardboard, garbage and similar items is not permitted.
  • All fire pits must be located away from any structure or combustible material.
    • Belowground fire pits and freestanding fireplaces must be located a minimum of 25 feet away from any structure or combustible material.
    • Portable fire pits must be located a minimum of 15 feet away from any structure or combustible material.
  • The fire must be constantly attended and supervised until the fire has been completely extinguished.
  • A portable fire extinguisher or other approved extinguishing equipment, such as a garden hose, must be readily available.
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