Open Burning in the City
The City of St. Augustine does not allow open burning with-in the city limits. The State has adopted the Florida Fire Prevention Code which adopts the National Fire Protection Associations (NFPA) 1 Fire Code and NFPA Life Safety Code 101. All cities and counties in Florida shall enforce the Florida Fire Prevention Code.
NFPA 10.10.4 is enforced to eliminate the use of open burning. The AHJ shall have the authority to prohibit any or all open flames, candles, and open, recreational, and cooking fires or other sources of ignition or establish special regulations on the use of any form of fire or smoking material where circumstances make such conditions hazardous.
The fire department is enforcing 10.10.3 and prohibiting all outdoor open burning in the city. Outdoor fires shall not be built, ignited, or maintained in or upon hazardous fire areas, except by permit from the AHJ.
The city will not grant permits for outdoor open fires. Permanent barbecues, portable barbecues, outdoor fireplaces, or grills shall not be used for the disposal of rubbish, trash, or combustible waste material.
Approved Heating Devices
The following outside heating devices are approved in the city:
- A fire pit with the metal mesh cover is not deemed as an open fire and is allowed providing you are not using construction debris, construction material, and disposal of rubbish, trash, or combustible waste material.
- The use of chimineas are approved and metal mesh covered approved fire pits.
Police Officer Enforcement
If the police officer needs to use the fire code for enforcement, the officer shall use the following fire code language: National Fire Protection Association 1 Fire Code, Chapter 10 Section 104, Outdoor fires shall not be built, ignited, or maintained in or upon hazardous fire areas, except by permit from the AHJ.