Open Burning

ACHD Open Burning Regulation Fact Sheet


  • No material other than clean wood, propane, or natural gas may be openly burned EXCEPT for:

    • Commercially available fire logs, paraffin logs, or wood pellets

    • Paper or commercial smokeless fire starters in order to start a fire

    • Charcoal for the preparation of food only

  • Fires may be no larger than 3 feet wide by 3 feet long by 2 feet high (3’x 3’x 2′)

  • Fires must be at least 15 feet from the nearest neighbor’s dwelling or inhabited area, including:​

  • Property line

  • Roadway

  • Sidewalk

  • Public access area

  • Wood burning activities are prohibited on Air Quality Action days, with the exception of burning for the commercial preparation of food

  • Burning may be prohibited or reduced if it is considered a nuisance, based on the following criteria:​​

    • The topography of the surroundings

    • The weather

    • The duration or frequency of open burning

    • The severity of the amount of air pollutants

  • Open burning permits are available for ceremonies, fostering of agriculture, abatement of a public health hazard, and firefighting instruction; however, all permitted open burning is prohibited on Air Quality Action days.

  • Check out the Document Library for more Open Burning information, and how you can apply for an Open Buring Permit.




Contact ACHD at (412) 578-8103 for more information


Elizabeth Township is a First-Class Township located in the southeast portion of Allegheny County. The township is nestled between the Youghiogheny and Monongahela rivers. We have affordable housing and many local businesses that create an incredible standard of living for the residents.


522 Rock Run Road

Elizabeth, PA 15037

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