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Residential Burning Regulation

In residential areas, burning is limited to the burning of paper products, newspaper, and yard waste (excluding leaves, grass, and building materials) between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Saturday (excluding bank holidays). No permit is needed. Outdoor burning of fires must be controlled in a container or appropriate burning barrel and have an attended water supply or equal extinguishing agent throughout the duration of burning.

Fires must be a minimum of 10 feet from any property line. Burning of garbage, rubber, tires, paint, animal waste, plastics, diapers, toxic materials, or any other matter consisting of rubbish, trade waste, refuse, or garbage is not permitted. All fires must be totally extinguished by 6:00 p.m., so as to ensure that there is no smoke or smoldering of fire.

Outdoor fireplaces and grills used solely for food preparation purposes are exempt from
these regulations. Bonfires for amusement purposes shall be permitted only upon the approval of the Penn Township zoning officer.

In agricultural areas, burning is permitted between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (no burning on bank holidays). Burning of building materials, tires, garbage, and rubbish is not permitted.