City of Springfield, Illinois

James O. Langfelder - Mayor

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Open Burning Regulations for Springfield


   Rules and Regulations

To meet local ordinance and city code, several conditions apply for open burning.

Fire pits are considered recreational fires. They should be 25 feet from a structure or combustible materials. (Commercial properties only/single family and duplex are exempt for distances)

For portable outdoor fireplaces, the distance is 15 feet. (Again, this is for commercial properties only/ single family and duplex are exempt for distances)

Both types of open burning (for All properties) must meet the several conditions that follow:

  • Must use only dry wood or charcoal fuel
  • Must be kept to a manageable size (3 foot diameter or less/2 foot height or less)
  • Must have extinguishing capability readily available (garden hose/fire extinguisher)
  • Must be constantly attended until completely extinguished
  • Must be kept between the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 p.m.
  • Burning is not allowed during high winds (in excess of 20 mph)
  • Burning is not allowed during times of high fire danger
  • There is no imminent health hazard to persons in the area

Please, keep safety in mind at all times when burning.


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