Do You Really Need A Permit To Have A Fire Pit At Your Maine Home?
We are quickly approaching the time of year, at least here in Maine, when we try to spend as much time as possible outside. Let's face it, the nice weather here in New England does not last nearly long enough, so we have to make the most of it.
Because the warm weather season is so short, many people choose to continue their outdoor fun even after the sun goes down.
There really is no better way to spend a summer evening than by hanging out with your friends and family by the fire pit or campfire. Picture it - the kids are roasting marshmallows, you and your friends have sipping a beer, and your honey is cuddled up next to you. Is there a better way to spend a summer night? We don't think so, either.
If you are lucky enough to have a backyard, there is a good chance you have fire pit or an outdoor fireplace. And, there are no special rules for having a fire pit or a campfire in your yard, right? Right?
Well, after a friend brought up going to get a burn permit before having a campfire in his backyard, I decided to do some digging.
According to the State of Maine website, there is nothing that says you cannot light a fire in your fire pit or start a campfire without having a fire permit.
The website says you do not need a permit for the following types of fires:
(1) Residential use of outdoor grills and fireplaces for recreational purposes such as preparing food. (2) Recreational campfires kindled when the ground is covered with snow or on frozen bodies of water. (3) Use of outdoor grills and fireplaces for recreational purposes such as preparing food at commercial campgrounds in organized towns, as long as the commercial campground
Actually, the State of Maine is a very burn happy state! According to the site, there are very few things that you cannot burn - as long as you have the proper permits.
Keep in mind that these are the rules for the state. It is still possible that your town may have different rules regarding fires. So, make sure you check with the local fire department.
Of course, no matter what your purpose for the fire, please make sure you do things properly and follow all safety guidelines.