Before you light it...
Know Ohio's Open Burning Regulations
You are open burning anytime you light an outdoor fire.
What is illegal to burn?
- Some materials may not be burned anywhere in the state at any time. These include:
- Materials containing rubber, grease, and asphalt or petroleum – for instance, tires, cars and auto parts, plastics, or plastic-coated wire.
- Garbage – any waste created in the process of handling, preparing, cooking, or consumption of food.
- Dead animals.
What is open burning?
Opening burning is prohibited when air pollution warnings, alerts, or emergencies are in effect.
- No open burning can take place within 1,000 feet of an inhabited building located off the property where the fire is set. Nor can the fire obscure visibility for roadways, railroad tracks, or airports.
- Some types of wastes, such as leaves, branches, and grass clippings, cannot be burned in certain locations, known as restricted areas.
What is a Restricted Area?
- Within the boundaries of any municipal corporation. All of Sheffield Village is a municipal corporation.
Types of open burning permitted anywhere:
- Recreational fire (cooking for human consumption), in unrestricted areas, campfires under 3-ft diameter using clean fuel.
- Heating tar.
- Welding and acetylene torches.
- Smudge pots and similar occupational needs.
- Heating for warmth of outdoor workers and strikers (restricted to 55 – gallon drum).