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Burning Permit & Ordinance

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Burning Fire ImageSome limited burning is allowed in the Township. For the most part, burning is limited to recreational or ceremonial fires. Keep in mind that the Township has a very successful recycling program with regular brush and yard waste pick ups.

On a regular basis we receive calls from citizens reporting fires, which initiate full fire incident responses by the department, sending four fire trucks, to find out that someone was burning brush or something else illegally. If you are going to be burning, be sure to follow the guidelines set below.

Burning permits are issued under strict guidelines. If you feel you meet the guidelines, call and speak with the Fire Marshal, he can provide you with the additional details you need to obtain a permit.

Ypsilanti Township's Code of Ordinances may be viewed using Municode. Municode's website includes a search engine to easily find specific sections.

Contact Eric Copeland, Fire Chief: (734) 544 - 4110

 

Recreational Fire Ordinance

Recreational fires are defined as "outdoor fires utilized to cook food for human consumption."

You may have a recreational fire on your property without a permit if you follow these rules:

The fire must be utilized to cook food for human consumption.

You must use seasoned fire wood only.

The fire must not create any kind of nuisance to any of your neighbors.

The fire must be constantly attended.

There must be a means of extinguishment close by.

All fires must be at least 50' away from any structure.

No fire can be larger than 5' x 5' x 5'.

Exceptions to Recreational Fires

Single family residents are allowed to have fires as close as 15' away from their homes in an approved container.

Approved containers can be:

Outdoor fireplaces.

A properly constructed fire pit made out of metal, stone, brick or concrete.

 

Bonfire Ordinance

Defined as "an outdoor fire used for ceremonial purposes". Permits are required for bonfires.

Burn Permit Application

Criteria to receive a bonfire permit:

You must use seasoned fire wood only.

The fire must not create any kind of nuisance to any of your neighbors.

The fire must be constantly attended.

There must be a means of extinguishment close by.

All fires must be at least 50' away from any structure.

All fires must be at least 5' away from your property line.

No fire can be larger than 5' x 5 'x 5'.

The maximum duration for any fire is 3 hours.

 

Multiple Family Dwelling Burning Regulations

Approval of the complex management is required, so check with your complex manager before doing any burning at all. Management has the right to prohibit any burning in complexes.

Gas grills permitted.

No open fires are permitted for residents.

Management can apply for a bonfire permit by submitting a written request to the Fire Marshal.

Burn Permit Application

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Charter Township of Ypsilanti  •  7200 S. Huron River Dr. Ypsilanti, Mi 48197  •  (734) 484 - 4700

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