The City of Pleasant Hill City Council approved Ordinance 1816 and Ordinance 1810 regarding the regulation of open burning and fire pits. The City enacted these ordinances in response to the March 30, 2019 revision of the Missouri open burning regulation, 10 CSR 10-6.045 allowing local municipalities, counties and fire protection districts to define and enforce their own restrictions.
Burn permits will now be issued by the City of Pleasant Hill, with exception of defined fire pits and patio fireplaces which are excluded from the permit process.
Fire pits and patio fireplaces are described as an outdoor, above-ground structure or portable fireplace no larger than 3 feet in diameter and constructed of steel, concrete, clay, stone, or other noncombustible material. Only small twigs, branches and untreated wood generating on the property shall be burned. No leaves, household waste construction or demolition shall be burned and the owner must maintain control at all times. Open burning in fire pits and patio fireplaces are allowed on all properties at any time. To see the complete list of regulations regarding fire pits and patio fireplaces click here.
Each individual in the city limits wishing to open burn must obtain a permit from City Hall, at no charge. Open Burning is described as the burning of materials where the products of combustion are emitted into the open air without passing through a chimney or stack from an enclosed chamber, not including fire pits, or patio fireplaces. This could include burning for land clearing operations or for residential burning of vegetative waste. Additional provisions apply for land clearing operations. Burning is allowed between sunrise and one hour before sunset. The burn must be supervised at all times and will not be allowed during times of unfavorable weather conditions or if it creates a nuisance or public health hazard to others. If open burning will occur within 200 yards of an inhabitable dwelling, waivers must be obtained. Permit approval will also include a visual inspection by the Fire District. To see the complete list of regulations click here.