Recreational Fire Permit Information

How to Apply

  1. Pay $10 fee for Burn Permit here, via mail or in person to the North Canton Permit Department 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 (330-499-3403 ext. 1207) 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.  

Annual Recreational Burn Permits are required to be obtained. Permits are valid from the date of issue through the remainder of that calendar year for the safe maintenance of the fire.  Burns must be constantly attended by the responsible person listed on the permit or their designee and that person must be at least 18 years of age. 

Please contact the Fire Department if you have any questions regarding a Recreational Fire Permit Registry at 330-499-3403 ext. 1207.  To start the process for obtaining a permit, you must visit our Permits Department and pay the required fee.  If you would like to do this online you may do so here.  Questions regarding the fee may be answered by calling 330-499-5557


Recreational Fire:  Small backyard type fire, normally found at a campground.  Pile size of 3’ or less in diameter and 2’ or less in height with containment.  Wood must be dry and seasoned.  It should give off a minimum of smoke and odor. (Standard annual recreational burn permit required)

Bon Fire:  A large outdoor fire, utilized for ceremonial purposes or barbecue pit. (Special permit Required)

Open Burning:  A fire used to burn field grass, brush, and other yard waste, to include building materials or trash. (Prohibited in the City limits)

Code Reference

* Ohio Fire Code 1301

  • 307.1.1 Any fire that is objectionable or offensive due to smoke or odor shall be prohibited, when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous.
  • 307.3 Where open burning creates or adds to a hazardous situation, or a required permit for burning has not been obtained, the fire code official is authorized to order the extinguishment of the open burning operation. 
  • 307.4 The location for open burning shall not be less than 50 feet from any structure, and provisions shall be made to prevent the fire from spreading to within 50 feet of any structure. Exceptions: Fires in approved containers that are not less than 15 feet from a structure. The minimum required distance from a structure shall be 25 feet where the pile size is 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height. 
  • 307.4.2 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. 
  • 307.4.2.1 Fire pits. Recreational fires conducted in gas-fired pits shall not be conducted within 15 feet of a structure or combustible materials.
  • 307.4.3 Portable outdoor fireplaces shall be used in accordance with the manufactures instructions and shall not operate within 15 feet of a structure or combustible material. Exception: Portable outdoor fireplaces used at one-and-two family dwellings.
  • 307.5 Attendance of open burning, bonfires, recreational fires, and portable outdoor fireplaces shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished. A minimum of one portable fire extinguisher complying with 1301.7.7.09 with a minimum of 4-A rating or approved on site extinguishing equipment, such as dirt, sand, water barrel, garden hose or water truck, shall be available for immediate utilization.

**Ohio Administrative Code 3745.19

Under the Ohio EPA office of air pollution control prohibits the burning of the following materials in Ohio.

  • Food waste
  • Dead animals
  • Materials containing rubber, grease, asphalt, or petroleum based

***Ohio Revised Code 1503.18

Prohibits outdoor burning statewide during the months of March, April, May, October, and November between the hours of 6am and 6pm.

During spring, wildfire danger is high before plants have turned green, and in the fall, fire danger is high due to abundant dry leaves and dead grass. Warm, windy weather in both seasons also contribute to elevated fire risk.

Other Restrictions

  • No burning when 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