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Open Burning

As the weather starts to get colder, it is becoming prime time for outdoor fires. This announcement will serve as a gentle reminder of our Open Burning policies.

Elizabeth Township has adopted the Allegheny County Open Burning Ordinance.

The following is information from the Allegheny County Health Department regarding open burning.

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

Subscribe to receive email, text, or app notifications about burn day burns at:

​​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.

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

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

Open burning complaints can be sent to Allegheny County at:

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation!


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