Recreational Fires, Open Burning, and BBQ Grills

Recreational Fires

A permit is required for each recreational fire not in a permanent fire ring. A permit is required to construct, maintain and use a permanent fire ring, though a separate permit is not needed for each fire within a lawfully existing fire ring.

A recreational fire is the burning of materials other than rubbish (clean wood) where fuel being burned is not contained in an incinerator, outdoor fireplace or barbeque pit and with a total fuel area of three feet or less in diameter and two feet or less in height for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, or similar purpose.

Fees for a recreational fire (not in a permanent fire ring) are $15 each occurrence and $25 for a permanent fire ring.

Permanent fire rings must be constructed of concrete, steel or other approved noncombustible materials. For approval of other materials, contact the Fire Marshal at (651) 450-2547. Permanent fire rings must be at least 25 feet away from a structure or combustible material and conditions which could cause the spread of fire to within 25 feet of a structure must be eliminated. Permanent fire rings must extend at least six inches below ground and extend at least six inches above ground. The area around a permanent fire ring must be cleared of all grass and vegetation for at least five feet.

Permit Application for a Recreational Fire Ring

Open Flame Prohibited

Fire Code regulates fires, open flame, and barbecues on balconies and patios.

In any structure containing three or more dwelling units, no person may kindle, maintain, or cause any fire or open flame on any balcony above ground level, or on any ground floor patio within 15 feet of the structure. 

Use & Storage of Barbecue Grills

In any structure containing three or more dwelling units, no person may store or use
any fuel, barbecue grill, torch, or other similar heating or lighting device on any
balcony above ground level, or on any ground floor patio within 15 feet of the structure.

Exception: listed electric or gas-fired barbecue grills that are permanently mounted and wired or plumbed to the building’s gas supply or electrical system and that maintain a minimum clearance of 18 inches on all sides; unless listed for lesser clearances, may be installed on balconies and patios when approved by the fire marshal.

Note: Liquefied petroleum gas (LP) is prohibited. 

Enforcement

Inspections will be conducted during the routine inspection of the buildings affected and at other times when complaints are received or inspections are requested by building owners or management. Requests for inspection and complaints should be directed to the Fire Marshal at (651) 450-2547.