Do I need a permit to have an outdoor fire?

Anyone inside city limits will need to obtain a burn permit.

Applications for burning shall be submitted in writing at least ten (10) days before the fire is set.

Location Requirements: The location for any open burning shall not be less than fifty (50’ft) from any structure and provisions shall be made to prevent the fire from spreading to within fifty (50’ft) of any structure, fires in approved containers shall be permitted provided that such fires are not less than fifteen (15’ft)  from any structure.

Open Burning Stipulations: Open burning shall not be used for waste disposal purposes. There shall be no burning of leaves, household trash, asphalt, rubber, or plastic, asbestos, containing materials which include building materials, insulation from copper wire. (There will be no burning on Sunday).

Guidelines For Open Burning: Vegetation must be thoroughly dried at least ten (10) days. No trunks, limbs or stumps over eight (8″inches) in diameter (before splitting). Conducted during daylight hours. Size piles to burn out before dark. Fires must be completely extinguished and not allowed to smolder at night. All fires should be surrounded by a ten (10’ft) clearing to prevent escape to potential combustible materials. Never leave fires unattended, and keep a shovel and water source nearby.

Open Burning Attendance: Any open burning shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished. Fire extinguishing tools and materials shall be available for immediate use.

Open Burn Prohibited: The Fire Chief or their Assistant Chief shall prohibit open burn which will be offensive or objectionable due to smoke or odor emissions when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous. The Fire Chief or Assistant Fire Chief or any Municipal Officer shall order the extinguishment, by the permit holder, of any open burning which creates or adds to a hazardous or objectionable situation.

Open Burning Permit: A written permit effective for two (2) weeks may be obtained at City Hall for $4.00 and must be in the possession of those performing the open burn. It shall be unlawful for any person within the City to burn without a permit or to violate or fail to comply with the rules and regulations of the permit.

Permit Fee: A four dollar ($4.00) fee will be collected at City Hall after the Fire Chief or their Assistant Chief approve the permit. The fee collected will go into the White Sulphur Springs Volunteer Fire Department’s General Operations Fund.

1505.00 Penilty for not complying with City Code 1505.02: Who ever fails to comply with City Code 1505.02 will be fined no less than fifty dollars ($50.00) no more than one hundred dollars ($100.00).

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