If a jurisdiction has adopted IFC 2018, is there any prohibition against recreational burning or is there any way in restricting the practice? Bonfires/fire pits etal
Yes, with in context.
What are you trying to do?
We currently have no additional ordinances on this other than the 2018 IFC and the Life Safety Code. In older editions there was some language that prohibited nuisance smoke so even if someone had a small fire going that met the code requirements for container size, materials being burned....., then if we received a complaint we would ask them to put it out as the fire was creating nuisance smoke. The way I am reading this now, as long as they have a recreational fire, and meet all of the requirements for size, materials burned, separation from structures and combustible materials, I do not see where we have any grounds to ask them to put a fire out even if their neighbors are complaining. I was just wanting to make sure I was not missing something here and it seems we will likely have to pass an ordinance to be able to restrict this type of burning. Would love to hear others thoughts on this.
For certain reasons, we added an amendment for nuisance smoke.
Can you cite the section in the prior IFC and edition
It appears it came out in the 2008 IFC as I found the comments as to why it was changed-----removing this language eliminates language that forces code officials to make arbitrary decisions based only on personal perception.
I'm not sure what IFC 2018 says about open burning, but in our state there are open burning laws requiring a permit from the Town Fire Warden (Generally the Fire Chief and those designated to issue), municipalities can have more restrictive local ordinances limiting, restricting or adding more rules with regard to open burning. We have stricter guidelines for certain areas that allow our issuing staff to evaluate local fire weather conditions and restrict permit issuance or place greater limitations or other measures before allowing any open burning.
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