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Outdoor Burning

Outdoor Burning in Beverly Hills


Beginning in early spring and running through late fall ever year is the prime season for outdoor burning. In the recent past Beverly Hills did not allow any outside burning unless it was directly associated with food preparation. In 2006 Beverly Hills adopted into village ordinance (27.01 ) the international fire code which allows for restricted outdoor burning.


The following is a synopsis of the current rules for outdoor recreational burning in Beverly Hills.


Any outdoor fire in Beverly Hills must:

1. Be at least 25 feet from a structure or combustible material.
2. Be for pleasure, ceremonial, cooking, warmth, or similar purposes (not for the disposal of materials).
3. Be constantly attended.
4. Be in an approved container made of metal or masonry (fire pit, chiminea, burn barrel, etc).
5. Have a fire extinguisher (4-A rating or better) or other extinguishment material ready for immediate use.
6. Not have a fuel area greater than 3 feet in diameter and/or 2 feet in height.
7. Not produce offensive or objectionable smoke or odor (if we receive a complaint, the fire must be extinguished).

-Atmospheric or local conditions may preclude any outdoor burning.
-Burning of grass clippings, leaves, construction/demolition materials, is strictly prohibited.
-Bonfires may be allowed with a permit from Beverly Hills Department of Public Safety.

27.01. CODE ADOPTED. Pursuant to the provisions of the State Construction Code Act (Act 230 of 1972, MCLA 125.1501, et seq.) as amended, the National Fire Prevention Code, 1996 Edition, as published by the Building Officials and Code Administrators International, Inc. (BOCA), is hereby adopted by reference. Notice is hereby given that complete copies of the Code are available for public use and inspection at the office of the Village Clerk.{Ord. 287, 9-27-97} {Ord. 323, 9-30-06}.


If you have any questions regarding recreational burning in Beverly Hills contact us by phone at (248) 540-3400 or via e-mail at

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