The following is provided as information about the laws and safety aspects of fire pits located within the boundaries of the City of Brooks. For further information, please contact the Brooks Fire Department.
Regulating Construction and Operation
The City of Brooks regulates the construction and operation of Burning Devices, which includes Fire Pits under Bylaw 00/04. Any person who contravenes this bylaw is guilty of an offense and upon summary conviction liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than six months, or to a fine of up to two hundred ($200) dollars, or to both fine and imprisonment.
Fire Pit Applications
Fire pit applications are available at the City Office for a one-time fee of $30 (provided no alterations or relocations of the fire pit are made). Ownership of a Fire Pit is not transferable. Attached to the applications are the regulations, as follows, and a sample design plan.
- Fire pit shall not be constructed over any underground utility.
- Fire pit shall not be constructed within 3 meters (10 feet) of a fence or any other combustible material.
- Natural gas fired approved devices may be located closer than 3 meters (10 feet) from combustible material but in no case shall such a device be located contrary to the manufacturer's recommendations.
- There shall be 3 meters (10 feet) between the eve of the nearest building and the closest edge of the fire pit.
What Wood Can Be Burned?
Only seasoned dry wood can be burned in a fire pit and this device shall not be used for burning of green wood, garbage or other such items. The fires are to be kept small and safe and a supply of water shall be at close hand just in case. A spark retention screen covering the entire top of the pit shall be in place at all times when the fire pit is being burned.
Mobile Home Parks
Application for Fire Pits within Mobile Home Parks must also have the approval of the Mobile Home Park Manager.
If you do not have a signed, approved Fire Pit Permit or you are not following the above rules and regulations please do not use your pit and contact the undersigned during normal business hours. If you are needing further information please contact the Brooks Fire Department.