The City Commission recently approved an updated outdoor burning ordinance effective May 24, 2017. The ordinance clarifies the options for outdoor cooking, allows for special event bonfires with a permit and a fee, and allows outdoor recreational fires that meet specific requirements.
Outdoor Cooking: For the purpose of outdoor cooking, fires of propane, charcoal or woodchips are allowed on private property without a permit. The fires must be contained in the appropriate metal, brick or other fireproof container designed for cooking purposes.
Residential Recreational Fires: The burning of propane or natural gas in a recreational outdoor portable fire pit, or other free standing container designed for outdoor fires is allowed without a permit. Additional regulations include:
- The fire container must be at a one-family or two-family dwelling
- The fire container cannot be on a balcony or deck
- The fire container must be 20 feet from any structure, combustible material, lot line, roadway, alleyway or fence
- At its largest point, the fire container must not exceed 3 feet wide, 3 feet deep and 3 feet tall
- The fire container must be UL certified and installed according to manufacturer’s recommendations
- The fire container must be made of non-combustible materials
- Burning of yard waste, leaves, trash, refuse, building materials or other materials is prohibited
- Fires are prohibited during times of high fire risk or burning bans
Other types of outdoor fires, such as bonfires, ground fires or other similar fires are allowed only with a permit and payment of a fee. To see the full outdoor burning ordinance, go to http://www.mt-pleasant.org.