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3639 Parsons Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43207
Office: 614.221.3132
Fire Prevention Bureau : 614.645.7641

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Open Burning Guidelines

In the City of Columbus, fire pits will be allowed with the following stipulations:

  • Must be a commercial fire pit with a screen top or a chimney, like those that can be purchased at Lowe’s, Home Depot, etc.
  • Build your own fire pits may be used but must meet the same qualifications as the commercial fire pit.
  • Use only clean, seasoned firewood or equivalent.
  • Water source and/or fire extinguisher located near and readily available for immediate use.
  • Must be supervised at all times. Be certain that the fire is completely extinguished before leaving it unattended.
  • Fire must be contained within the appliance, with no part of the flames extending outside the appliance or screen.
  • No less than ten (15) feet from any combustible structure (house, fence, shed, etc). Apartment Buildings may require twenty five (25) feet.
  • Fire Pits cannot be used during “Air Quality Alert” days.
  • Any other “Open Burning” (trash, brush, etc) must be approved by the Division of Fire, Fire Prevention Bureau and must have a permit.

For additional information or to request an Open Burning Permit contact Fire Prevention Bureau Lieutenant:

Phone: 614.645.7641