Open Burning

ACHD Open Burning Regulation Fact Sheet

  • No material other than clean wood, propane, or natural gas may be openly burned EXCEPT for:
    • Commercially available fire logs, paraffin logs, or wood pellets
    • Paper or commercial smokeless fire starters in order to start a fire
    • Charcoal for the preparation of food only
  • Fires may be no larger than 3 feet wide by 3 feet long by 2 feet high (3’x 3’x 2′)
  • Fires must be at least 15 feet from the nearest neighbor’s dwelling or inhabited area, including:
    • Property line
    • Roadway
    • Sidewalk
    • Public access area
  • Wood burning activities are prohibited on Air Quality Action days, with the exception of burning for the commercial preparation of food
  • Burning may be prohibited or reduced if it is considered a nuisance, based on the following criteria:
    • The severity of the amount of air pollutants
    • The duration or frequency of open burning
    • The topography of the surroundings
    • The weather
  • Open burning permits are available for ceremonies, fostering of agriculture, abatement of a public health hazard, and firefighting instruction; however, all permitted open burning is prohibited on Air Quality Action days.
    • Contact ACHD at (412) 578-8103 for more information

Open Burning Fact Sheet