Recreational Fire Permit Information

What is a Recreational Fire?

Recreational fires are small backyard fires similar to the type you would normally find at a campground. These fires are less than 3 feet wide and less than 2 feet tall. Perfect for a backyard get-together or making delicious s'mores.

While these fires are a fun way to spend the summer it is still important to practice fire safety to reduce the risk of damage to your property or that of your neighbors.

Annual Burn Permits

North Canton Residents wishing to have recreational fires must get an Annual burn permit. Permits are valid from the date of issue through the remainder of that calendar year for the safe maintenance of the fire. 

These simple permits cost only $10 dollars and take less than 10 minutes to apply.

Once you have applied for the permits a licensed fire inspector will come to your home and inspect your intended fire location and help you make sure you are protected and ready in case a fire gets out of hand.

After the inspection and correcting any issues, you will receive your permit which is good for the rest of the year.

How to Apply

  1. Apply Online, or in person with the Department of Administration located at 145 North Main Street
  2. The Fire Department will conduct an inspection of the premises within ten calendar days between the hours of 9am and 7pm.  The resident does not need to be present for the inspection if they have had a permit in the prior year.
  3. Upon approval of the inspection, a permit will be issued for the calendar year.  If the inspector finds deficiencies, they will be noted, and it will be the resident’s responsibility to call the fire department (330-499-3404 ext. 1204) once the corrective actions have been made to schedule another inspection.  The permit or deficiency report will be left on site.

Why do I need a Permit?

The City of North Canton follows the direction of the Ohio Fire (1301), Administrative (3745), and Revised (1503) codes for recreational fires. Burn permits help ensure everyone stays safe.

Tips for a Safe Fire and Passing Inspection

All recreational fires must be constantly attended to prevent potentially dangerous accidents.

Use only dry seasoned wood to reduce smoke and odor. If your wood produces a large amount of smoke consider letting in dry out in a warm covered location for 2-3 days before trying again. Smoke can be disruptive to your neighbors and potentially harmful to their health. In addition, if smoke obstructs visibility on roadways, railways, or airfields not only can it cause accidents and serious harm but you can be held criminally and civilly responsible.

DO NOT burn any metals, plastics, rubber, oil-based products, or trash as they may produce harmful chemicals as a by-product.

Always have easy access to a source of water or a fire extinguisher when making a fire.

Recreational fires shall not be conducted within 25 feet of a structure or combustible material.  Conditions that could cause a fire to spread within 25 feet of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition (reference OFC 307.4.2).  The recreational fire needs to have a border that is no larger than 3 feet by 3 feet and is made of a non-combustible material at least 6 inches in height.

Portable outdoor fireplaces shall be used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and shall not be operated within 15 feet of a structure or combustible material (reference OFC 307.4.3)

Always keep a close eye on children and pets near open flames to prevent injury.

Other Restrictions

  • No burning when an air pollution alert, warning, or emergency is in effect
  • Fire/smoke cannot obscure visibility on roadways, railways, or airfields
  • No waste generated off the premises may be burned
  • No burning within restricted areas

Other Types of Fires Not Covered

Bon Fires are large outdoor fires usually utilized for ceremonial purposes or a barbecue pit. These fires are permitted in the City but require a special permit and large amounts of open space.

Brush Fires are fires to burn grass, brush, and other yard waste or leftover building materials. These types of fires are not permitted in the City.

Applicable Laws

Ohio Revised Code 1503.18;

Ohio Administrative Code 1301:7 and 3745.19;

And North Canton Codified Ordinances Part 15