|In an effort
to provide for a safe community and to help preserve clean air, outdoor burning
is regulated by ordinance in the City of Maumelle. Open burning is never
allowed within the city limits without a valid permit. Also, permitted burning
is usually restricted for land-clearing in the development of property.
Open Fire Burn Permit
Persons wishing to obtain a burn permit for an open fire within the city limits can start the process with a visit to our station at 100 Millwood Circle. Normally, a member of the department inspects the burn site to insure the materials being burned are legal, organized into safely proportioned sizes and are a safe distance from property lines, structures and heavy vegetation. If approved, the burn permit is only valid for a predetermined number of days and must be renewed by the fire department once expired.
All burn permit holders must abide by the following requirements:
1. Adequate precautions must be taken to prevent the spreading of fire.
2. Burn site shall not be left unattended at any time.
3. Burning not permitted on windy days (wind speed of 10 mph or more).
4. Burn site cannot be placed any closer than 50 feet to any property line or structure.
5. The permit must remain at burn site at all times.
6. A burn permit does not allow for any burning which is in violation of any and all
state and/or federal environmental and burning laws.
7. Outdoor burning may be prohibited when local conditions make such a fire a hazard.
8. No solid petroleum products (i.e. rubber tires) will be used to start or keep fire burning.
Additional requirements may be implemented by fire department personnel following inspection of the burn site. Failure to abide by any of these restrictions may result in revocation of the burn permit.
Construction companies that wish to have warming fires on their job sites during the winter months must contact the Department of Planning and Zoning for permit information. Warming Fire Permits also have several conditions that must be met including:
1. All burning will be between sunrise and sunset. All fires must be extinguished on or before
2. Adequate precautions must be taken to prevent the spreading of fire.
3. Burning is not permitted on windy days, regardless of temperatures.
4. Burn containers cannot be placed closer than 15 feet to any property line or structure.
5. Other combustible materials cannot be closer than 15 feet to the burn container.
6. No solid petroleum products (i.e. asphalt shingles, oils, paints, etc.) may be burned at any time.
7. The burn container must be monitored at all time.
8. The burn container must be of non-combustible materials such as cinder blocks, brick or
a metal barrel. Enclosures on the ground must be at least 18 inches high. All enclosures must
have a screen or other means of keeping sparks and flying embers confined.
9. A warming fire permit does not allow for any burning which is in violation of any and all
environmental and burning laws established by either state or federal laws.
10. The fire chief, fire marshal or their designate may prohibit any outdoor fires when local
conditions make open burning a fire hazard.
11. Burn permits must be located on-site with the building permit.
12. Warming fire permits are for warming people who are working on-site and is valid only
from October 1 through April 1 when temperatures is below 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
13. The permit is only good for the location shown on the permit.
14. The name of the contractor and responsible party must be shown on the permit as
well as a means of contacting them via telephone as necessary.
The following excerpt of city code is provided here on an unofficial basis and for informational purposes only regarding matters relating to open burning. The printed version of the Maumelle City Code should be consulted for all matters requiring reliances on the statutory text.