Open Burns

City of Cheviot Bonfires/Campfires/Open Burning

Information and FAQs


  1. Under these rules, bonfires, campfires and outdoor fireplace equipment if used for cooking, warmth, pleasure, recreation, religious or ceremonial, or similar purposes are allowed (without notifying the Ohio EPA or the city of Cheviot) if the following conditions are met:
    1. They are fueled with clean seasoned firewood, natural gas other clean burning fuel,
    2. they are not used for waste disposal purposes; and
    3. they have a total fuel area of no more than three feet in diameter and are no higher than two feet.
  2. Fires must be contained in a non-combustible container including a store purchased fire pit or contained inside a ring of bricks or stones, non-combustible in nature.
  3. Fires must be a minimum of 25ft from any structure or combustible source (examples include but are not limited to wooden fences, detached garages, sheds and residential structures).
  4. Fires must be clear of all overhead obstructions including trees, canopies, powerlines, etc.
  5. A “charged” garden hose must be nearby and easily accessible while burning.
  6. No fire is to be left unattended.
  7. A responsible adult must always be present while burning and must remain present until the fire is fully extinguished.
  8. Smoke and smoldering must be kept to a minimum, so it does not become a nuisance to neighbors. If a neighbor or anyone complains, this will be considered a nuisance and the fire department will order the fire to be put out.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Does the fire have to be covered? No
  2. Do I have to have food nearby for it to be considered a grilling fire? No
  3. Can I have a fire extinguisher instead of a hose? No
  4. How far away from a building does the fire have to be? As stated above, all fires must be 25ft from any structure or combustible source and clear of overhead obstructions.
  5. What if a neighbor calls and complains about my fire/smoke? Unfortunately, this is considered a nuisance and if the fire department is called, the fire must be put out.
  6. Can I burn trash? No
  7. Can I burn green wood such as fresh tree branches, yard waste or rubbish? Clean, dry wood only.
  8. Do these rules include commercial and business restrictions? These rules are for residential use only.

For additional information:

City of Cheviot