Fire Pit Safety

Lincoln Park Fire Department
Recreational Fires and Fire Pit Ordinance Summary

Approved Fire Pits are commercially available, non-combustible receptacles, which must be equipped with a fire screen (hand-dug fire pits are NOT considered approved receptacles). Commercial models designed as a fire pit must have a total fuel area of three feet or less in diameter and two feet or less in height. This includes outdoor fireplaces, chimeneas, and other similar type models. Hand-dug fire pits, or those created using fire rings, bricks, or other materials may be allowed, but require a site survey and permit from the Lincoln Park Fire Department.  Permits can be obtained at the Fire Station at no cost.

Regulations for Recreational Fires:

Recreational fires in an approved container are allowed without permit provided they conform to the following:

  • A recreational fire must be located a minimum of fifteen (15) feet from any structure, lot line, public way (road or sidewalk).
  • Only dry, seasoned fire wood is to be burned. It is not permissible to burn treated lumber, trash, grass clippings, brush, construction debris, or any other materials.
  • A fire is to be attended by a responsible adult at all times.
  • A means for extinguishment of the fire must be readily available and in close proximity (i.e. garden hose, fire extinguisher, dirt, sand.)
  • No fire is permitted that creates excessive smoke or an offensive odor.
  • A failure to abide by these guidelines will constitute a nuisance under the City of Lincoln Park Code of Ordinances.

 NOTE! Outdoor recreational fires shall not be conducted on Red Flag Days or when similar weather warnings are issued regarding high heat / windy / dry conditions.