Do I need a permit for a recreational fire?

A property owner or lessee of the property may have a recreational fire without obtaining a permit by complying with the following regulations:

  • Hours Fire to Be Extinguished:  Fire shall be extinguished within three (3) hours after start, but no later than 11 pm
  • Materials Burned Restricted: Clean, dry wood only (no refuse, grass, leaves, logs over three inches (3”) in diameter, paper, garbage, trade waste or other combustibles).
  • Size of Fire: Size shall not be more than three feet (3’) in diameter, nor shall the flames reach a height in excess of three feet (3’).  
  • Location: No fire shall be within 25 feet of any building or structure.  
  • Means to Extinguish: A means of extinguishment must be in the immediate area of the fire.
  • Weather Conditions:   No fire shall be started or maintained in dry conditions or winds over 15 mph.
  • Attendance Required: Recreational fires must be constantly attended by a competent person of at least 16 years of age and must be in constant attendance until the recreational fire has been extinguished.  
  • Portable Outdoor Fireplaces: Portable outdoor fireplaces shall be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and shall not be operated within 15 feet of a structure or combustible material.  
  • Authority to Restrict Fires: The code official has the authority to prohibit, suspend, or further restrict all fires should conditions warrant such action.  

If you have any questions regarding these regulations, call the Fire Marshal at 651-452-1850.

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