Is a permit required for a bonfire?

Yes. The Fire Department does grant permits for a controlled fire on the ground in the designated area with the following provisions:

  • Adequate extinguishing material and equipment is available on site.
  • The fire cannot be used to dispose of food or rubbish waste.
  • The fire must be completely extinguished at the end of the event.
  • The fire must be kept to an approximate size of no more than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high.
  • The fire must be supervised by an adult at all times.
  • The ground for 15 feet around the fire is cleared of leaves, straw, debris and other combustibles.
  • If smoke, ash or particulate matter from any recreational fire remains visible beyond the property line of origin, or found on surfaces beyond the property line of origin, it shall be a violation of Missouri Air Pollution ‘Control Rule 10 CSR 10 - 6.170 “Restriction of Particulate matter to the Ambient air beyond the premises of Origin.” Such an occurrence can result in the issuance of a Notice of Violation from St. Louis County Department of Health to the violator. Any violation of the Missouri Air Pollution Control Rules can result in a fine from the State of Missouri
  • If there is a change in date, notify this office immediately.
  • Painted, creosoted, wolmanized or otherwise treated wood cannot be used to fuel the fire.
  • The site is more than 15 feet from any structure.

A permit letter is issued from the Deputy Fire Marshal’s office. Request must be made in writing. Copies of permit letter are sent to the police department for their information.

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