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Recreational Burn Permit Application

  1. Receiving and passing this inspection will make the location inspected eligible for open burning within the confines of Borough Code. Only the property owner(s) or person(s) authorized by the property owner(s) where the burn is to occur should submit this form. Submit this inspection application AT LEAST 1 WEEK PRIOR to the date you which to hold your first open burn of the season. ALL FIELDS WITH AN ASTERISK ARE REQUIRED, and you must agree at the bottom of the form in order to submit the form.
  2. If there are any special considerations that need made for the inspection of this site, please list them here. For example, the fire pit location is inside a locked fence area that requires a key-holder present to access. Inspections are generally scheduled Monday through Friday, weather permitting, based on the number of inspection requests received for any given day and the number of inspectors available. You may also request a day and "AM" or "PM" inspection. We will make a reasonable attempt to accommodate your time request, but cannot be more specific than +/- 1 hour.
  3. You may upload an image of the fire pit to assist our inspector. Please be sure to center the fire pit in the frame and include at least 25 feet of the surrounding area on all sides.
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  5. Disclaimer
    THIS IS NOT A FIRE PERMIT. This is the application for a seasonal fire permit. All Seasonal Fire Permits are valid beginning March 1 and expiring February 28/29. This permit must be renewed annually by completing and submitting this form.
  6. Inspection
    Following submission of this form, the Fire Officials' Office will inspect your fire pit location to assure the 10 requirements listed below on this application have been met.
  7. Disclaimer
    THIS IS NOT A FIRE PERMIT. This is the application for the seasonal annual fire permit. (All seasonal permits are valid March 1 through February 28/29) As part of the permit application your fire pit and the surrounding area will be inspected. Once you pass this inspection, a permit fee of $50.00 must be paid to the "Borough of Franklin Park". You can mail this fee to: Borough of Franklin Park – Fire Permits 2344 West Ingomar Road Pittsburgh PA 15237 Alternatively, you can drop the fee off using the drop-off box in the front left parking area at the Borough Building. Once the fee is paid you will receive your Seasonal Fire Permit. Call 412-364-4115 X313.
  8. OPEN BURN REQUIREMENTS-You MUST agree to the open burning requirements at the bottom of the page before you can submit the form.
  9. Requirement #1
    The following conditions MUST be met at time of inspection: 1A. Approved fire pit/container is located at least 25 feet away from all of the following items: Nearest Structure, Property Line, Road, Utilities, Combustible Materials. 1B. Adequate extinguishing capability is present. Recommend a charged garden hose of length equal to the distance to the fire pit PLUS 25 feet is readily available at any time the fire pit is in use. 1C. Acceptable fuel materials: All authorized open burning shall be conducted using only charcoal; natural gas or other clean-burning fuel; dry, clean logs, twigs; or other untreated wood products. Only smokeless fuels or small kindling such as sticks and newspaper may be used to start a fire.
  10. Requirement #2
    Open Burning is defined as: 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, smudge pots and similar devices associated with safety or occupational uses typically considered open flames, recreational fires or use of portable outdoor fireplaces. 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.
  11. Requirement #3
    Recreational Fire is defined as: An outdoor fire burning materials other than rubbish where the fuel being burned is not contained in an incinerator, outdoor fireplace, portable outdoor fireplace, barbeque grill or barbeque pit and has a total fuel area of three feet or less in diameter and two feet or less in height for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth or similar purposes.
  12. Requirement #4
    A Portable Outdoor Fireplace is defined as: A portable, outdoor, solid-fuel-burning fireplace that may be constructed of steel, concrete, clay or other noncombustible material. A portable outdoor fireplace may be open in design or may be equipped with a small hearth opening and a short chimney or chimney opening at the top.
  13. Requirement #5
    Maximum size. In all cases, the fire shall be of such size that the combustible material and flame are contained completely within the perimeter of the authorized containment receptacle, and in no case may the combustible material and flame be greater than nine square feet (three feet by three feet) in area or in excess of two feet in height above the receptacle.
  14. Requirement #6
    Portable grills/barbeques designed for and used strictly for cooking only shall, while in use, be no less than five feet from a house, structure, and/or combustible material, as well as 25 feet from a roadway, utility, and/or property line unless otherwise approved by the Fire Official or Assistant Fire Official. No permit is required for portable grills/barbecues.
  15. Requirement #7
    Permanently constructed (nonportable) outdoor stoves, ovens, grills, barbeques and fireplaces used strictly for cooking shall be no less than five feet from a house, structure, and/or combustible material, as well as 25 feet from a roadway, utility, and/or property line unless otherwise approved by Fire Official or Assistant Fire Official.
  16. Requirement #8
    Other open burning shall be maintained only in an authorized container which, unless otherwise approved by the Fire Official, shall be located not less than 25 feet from the nearest house, structure, roadway, property line, utility, tree, and/or other combustible material.
  17. Requirement #9
    Adult supervision, control, and extinguishment. Only an adult property owner or other adult authorized by the property owner shall authorize or conduct an open burn. The adult property owner or other adult authorized by the property owner to conduct such a fire shall, at all times, be present and shall tend to the fire from the time it is lit through the time of total extinguishment.
  18. Requirement #10
    Regardless of an open burn permit being issued, no person shall burn during a RED FLAG warning issued by the National Weather service which includes Franklin Park. Additionally, no person shall refuse to comply immediately and fully with any order of a Franklin Park Borough police officer, Fire Official, Assistant Fire Official, or other duly authorized law enforcement officer or code official to contain, control, correct, or extinguish any fire or open burn. Any person who shall violate any provision of Chapter 97 shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of no more than $1,000 or the maximum amount per offense permitted under law and may be sentenced to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 days. Any person found guilty of violating the chapter shall be assessed court costs and reasonable attorney fees incurred by the Borough
  19. Electronic Signature*
    By checking "I Agree" you agree with the 10 listed requirements and acknowledge your electronic signature is valid and binding in the same force and effect as a handwritten signature.
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