Recreational and Cooking Fires
Absolutely no garbage, lumber or construction debris may be burned at any time! Open burning that will be offensive or objectionable because of smoke or odor emissions is prohibited by Fire code. When burning any type of fire, be a good neighbor and consider how your fire affects your neighbors.
An open recreational or cooking fire does not require a permit if it is contained within an area or pit less than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height. These fires must be located in a cleared area at least 25 feet from any structure, power poles, vehicles, trees, brush and dead grass. This includes barbeque pits. These fires must comply with the daily burn approval notice recorded at 267-5020 or on the website.
A proposed recreational or ceremonial fire that exceeds 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height and is smaller than 6 feet in diameter may be eligible for a residential burn permit if it follows all of the safe burning standards. Residential burn permits require an inspection. You must schedule at least two weeks prior to the event, permit and inspection fees apply. Please call Fire Prevention at 267-4900 to schedule or for more information.
Portable Outdoor Fireplaces
Recreational fires contained within an approved outdoor fireplace or barbeque grill do not require a permit if:
- The total area is 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height.
- It is situated 15 feet or more from a structure.
- It has a spark arrestor, chimney stack or screen over the top.
- The unit is elevated off the ground at least 12 inches.
These contained fires are allowed if burning is not approved for open fires at 267-5020.
Are allowed for use and storage on the deck of one and two family homes.
Triplexes and above
- the grill itself can be stored on the deck, but the propane cannot;
- the grill cannot be used on the deck unless the building and the deck are sprinklered;
- if not sprinklered, grill use must be on a non-combustible surface and 10 feet away from any combustible building;
- the use of contained barbeque grills is not dependent upon burn day approval