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A burn permit must be obtained from the Columbus Division of Fire any time material is to be ignited outdoors within the boundaries of the City of Columbus. This
Burn Permit Application
must be completed in full and must be received by the Columbus Division of Fire no later than 10 business days prior to the proposed date of burning. Checks / money orders should be made payable to City of Columbus Treasurer / Fire and are the only acceptable means of payment. Failure to provide specific and accurate answers to the questions asked will result in the application being disapproved. If for any reason an application is disapproved, an inspection fee of $20.00 will be collected and all other fees will be returned. Permits are approved for the applicant only and are not transferable. Permits are valid only for the time period requested and approved by the Columbus Division of Fire. For additional information call 614.645.7641.
Note: Recreational fires do not need a permit, but are required to follow the guidelines listed below.
The Fire Prevention Bureau is located in room 148 at, 3639 Parsons Ave. Columbus, Ohio 43207. Completed permits may be picked up at this address also.
(1) 307.1 General. A person shall not kindle or maintain or authorize to be kindled or maintained any open burning unless conducted and approved in accordance with this Section.
(2) 307.2 Permit required. A permit shall be obtained from the fire code official in accordance with the Fire Prevention Code prior to kindling a fire for all open burning, including, recognized silvicultural or range or wildlife management practices, prevention or control of disease or pests, a bonfire or a recreational fire. Application for such approval shall only be presented by and permits issued to the owner of the land upon which the fire is to be kindled.
(a) 307.2.1 Authorization. Where required by state or local law or regulations, open burning shall only be permitted with prior approval from the state or local air and water 7 Fire Code Adoption; General Provisions Ch. 1501 quality management authority, provided that all conditions specified in the authorization are followed.
(b) 307.2.2 Prohibited open burning. Open burning that will be offensive or objectionable because of smoke or odor emissions when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous shall be prohibited. The fire official is authorized to order the extinguishment by the permit holder or the fire department of open burning which creates or adds to a hazardous or objectionable situation.
(3) 307.3 Location. The location for open burning shall not be less than 50 feet (15 240 mm) front any structure, and provisions shall he made to prevent the fire from spreading to within 50 feet
(15 240 mm) of any structure.
1. Fires in approved containers (i.e. containers approved by the fire official as safe for open
burning) that are not less than 15 feet (4572 mm) from a structure.
2. The minimum required distance from a structure shall be 25 feet (7620 mm) where the pile size is 3
feet (914 mm) or less in diameter and 2 feet (610mm) or less in height.
(a) 307.3.1 Bonfires. A bonfire shall not be conducted within 50 feet (15 240 mm) of a structure or combustible material unless the fire is contained in a barbecue pit. Conditions which could cause a fire to spread within 50 feet (15 240 mm) of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.
(b) 307.3.2 Recreational fires. Recreational fires shall not be conducted within 25 feet (7620 mm) of a structure or combustible material. Conditions which could cause a fire to spread within 25 feet (7620 mm) of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.
(4) 307.4 Attendance. All open burning fires shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished. A minimum of one portable fire extinguisher complying with paragraph (F)(906) of rule 1301:7-7-09 of the Administrative Code with a minimum 4-A rating or other approved on-site fire-extinguishing equipment,
such as dirt, sand, water barrel, garden hose or water truck,shall he available for immediate utilization.
(Ord. 06-303. Passed 8-8-06.)