Salt Lake City

Fire Department

833-SLC-FIRE (833-752-3473)

Open Burning


A person shall not kindle or maintain or authorize to be kindled or maintained any open burning within the boundaries of Salt Lake City unless approved and conducted in accordance with the International Fire Code Section 307.


A. OPEN BURNING. The burning of materials wherein products of combustion are emitted directly into the ambient air without passing through a stack or chimney from an enclosed chamber. Open burning does not include road flares, smudgepots and similar devices associated with safety or occupational uses typically considered open flames or recreational fires. For the purpose
of this definition, a chamber shall be regarded as enclosed when, during the time combustion occurs, only apertures, ducts, stacks, flues or chimneys necessary to provide combustion air and permit the escape of exhaust gas are open. (Permit required)

B. RECREATIONAL FIRE. An outdoor fire burning materials other than rubbish where the fuel being burned is not contained in an incinerator, outdoor fireplace, barbeque grill or barbeque pit and has a total fuel area of 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth or similar purposes. (Permit not required)

C. BONFIRE. An outdoor fire utilized for ceremonial purposes. (Permit required)

D. OWNER. A corporation, firm, partnership, association, organization
and any other group acting as a unit or a person who has legal title to any structure or premises with or without accompanying actual possession thereof, and shall include the duly authorized agent or attorney, a purchaser, devisee, fiduciary and any person having a vested or contingent interest in the premises in question.


A permit shall be obtained from the Salt Lake City Fire Prevention Bureau in accordance with the International Fire Code Section 105.6.31 prior to kindling a fire for recognized silvicultural or range or wildlife management practices, prevention or control of disease or pests, or a bonfire. Application for such approval shall only be presented by and permits issued to the owner of the land upon which the fire is to be kindled.

105.6.31 Open burning. An operational permit is required for the kindling or maintaining of an open fire or a fire on any public street, alley, road, or other public or private ground. Instructions and stipulations of the permit shall be adhered to.

Exception: Recreational fires.

Permits must be available during times when actual burning takes place. Open Burning permits expire 365 days from date of approval.

Application and Fees

An “application” will consist of the following:

1. A completed application form.
2. A diagram indicating the kind, placement, and size. Include location of the site, structures, trees and any other pertinent information.
3. Payment to Salt Lake City Corporation is due at the time the application is filed.

Annual Permit Fee – 195.00

4. Send or deliver completed application and required material to: Salt Lake City Fire Prevention Bureau, 475 South 300 East, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84111.


Where required by state or local law or regulations, open burning shall only be permitted
with prior approval from the state or local air and water quality management authority, provided that all conditions specified in the authorization are followed.

Prohibited open burning

Open burning that will be offensive or objectionable because of smoke or odor emissions when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous shall be prohibited. The fire code official is authorized to order the extinguishment by the permit holder or the fire department of open burning which creates or adds to a hazardous or objectionable situation.


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.


1. Fires in approved containers that are not less than 15 feet from a structure.
2. 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 (See Recreational Fire).

Bonfires shall not be conducted within 50 feet of a structure or combustible material unless the fire is contained in a barbecue pit. Conditions which could cause a fire to spread within 50 feet of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.

Recreational fires shall not be conducted within 25 feet of a structure or combustible material. Conditions which could cause a fire to spread within 25 feet of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.


Open burning, bonfires, or recreational fires shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished.

Fire-extinguishing equipment

A minimum of one portable fire extinguisher with a minimum 4-A rating or other approved on-site fire-extinguishing equipment, such as dirt, sand, water barrel, garden hose or water truck, shall be available for immediate utilization.


Prior to kindling any open burning, notify the Salt Lake Fire Prevention Bureau at 799-4114 during normal business (8:00-5:00 pm Monday-Friday). If open burning initiates during the weekend please make notification prior to 5:00pm Friday.

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