Burn Regulations


(A)   This section shall supplement and further implement Article 1, Chapter 102 of the Indiana Fire Prevention Code as published by the Indiana Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission.


(B)   No one shall kindle or maintain any open burning (which means any burning of combustible materials out of doors) within the corporate limits of the city except as follows, and then only in a situation where it is reasonably unlikely that the open burning may be spread to or damage other property, or that the smoke and/or fumes emissions would be a nuisance to person upon adjacent property. 

(1)    Exemptions for which no permit is required:

  1. Recreational campfires with a total fuel area no greater than 36 inches in diameter and a fuel load not to exceed two vertical feet.
  2. A reasonably sized and located barbecue pit or grill where either electricity, gas, wood, or charcoal is used for the preparation of food.


(2)    Exemptions allowed with appropriate permit (s):

  1. Bonfires larger than the recreational campfire as defined above.
  2. Other burning may be allowed by permit from the Fire Department, so long as in compliance with applicable requirements of other authority, including but not limited to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) and the Federal Environmental Protection Agency.
  3. All open burning shall be located a safe distance from structures, fences, and public rights-of-way, and attended at all times until completely extinguished. There shall be a garden hose or better connected to a water supply source and/or buckets, shovels, fire extinguishers, or other adequate fire extinguishing equipment readily available. 
  4. Where permits are required they shall be issued by the Fire Department or under its direction and on forms in accordance with policies and procedures established from time-to-time by that Department. A permitted fire must have the original permit properly authorized by the Fire Department in proximity to the burn site at all times during which the open burning permitted is occurring. 
  5. Notwithstanding anything else in this section, open fire which burn substantial quantities of leaves, paper, garbage, rubbish, grass, trade waste, plastics, or other similar items, are prohibited.
  6. Any person who knowingly allows the accumulation or existence of combustible material constituting an unreasonable fire hazard or who intentionally kindles or maintains any open burning in violation of this section shall be subject to the penalties hereunder.

(Ord. 12-C-00, passed 8-29-00)

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