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Backyard fire pits

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picture of a fire pitCampfires and bonfires - Franklin Fire Department special permit required.  For permit application click HERE.

Backyard/commercial fire pit (pictured) - No permit required when used in your backyard and constantly attended while in use. 

Interested in building an outdoor fireplace?  Contact the  Department of Building and Neighborhood Services for assistance.


Backyard Fire Pit Safety Information

Here are a few safety reminders when using a commercial backyard fire pit:

  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions on the proper type of fuel and use of the fire pit.
  • Before each use, inspect the pit for damage.
  • Do not allow patio pillows, chair mats, or any other combustible materials to come in close proximity to the fire pit.  Clear dry vegetation and brush away from your fire pit 10-20 feet in all directions.
  • Always make sure the container is on a level surface and away from the home or other structures by at least 10 feet.  Do not use a fire pit on a wooden deck.
  • The containers are intended for small fires.  Don't overload your pit with wood or other materials.  You could damage your fire pit or worse, cause the fire to spread.
  • Screens should always be left in place while the fire is burning to prevent embers from flying and igniting grass, leaves, or other materials.
  • NEVER handle the screens or burning materials without the use of a poker or log grabber and let the materials cool completely before leaving the fire pit unattended.  NEVER dump ashes or remains in your trash can as the coals can continue to hold heat and result in a fire.
  • Fire pits cannot be used to burn brush and vegetation as they are not designed for large quantities of debris and materials.