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Fire Pit Permit

Do I Need a Permit to Have a Fire Pit?

Getting the ball rolling on having a fire pit installed is actually easier than you may originally have thought. With the team of professionals at WNY Fire Pits, it’s simple to pick a package or custom design that’s right for you.

But, wait, what about fire pit permits?

For some home additions, this is where things could get complicated. We’ve all seen those home renovation shows where it can take weeks and hundreds of dollars to get something approved.

Thankfully, that’s not what you’ll be going through!

Is Getting a Fire Pit Permit Necessary?

In the state of New York, you do not need a permit to build a fire pit on your property. You do, however, need to follow the ordinances within your specific city or town to make sure that you are picking the right type of fire pit (wood vs gas) and that you follow any rules about how far the pit needs to be from a structure, such as your house or garage.

When you work with WNY Fire Pits, you’ll be able to get a full quote and assessment – and we’ll let you know whether or not we’ll need to take any additional steps before installing your fire pit.

Understanding the ordinances regarding open fires and fire pits in your area is the most important part of the fire pit installation process. For example, according to Buffalo ordinance 66-19: “No person shall kindle or maintain or authorize to be kindled or maintained any open, unconfined fire on or in any street or public place or public grounds or upon any private premises in the City.”

However, in towns such as Orchard Park, this ordinance is no longer applicable and homeowners can install a wood-burning fire pit on their property!

So, while you don’t need a permit to install and use your fire pit, you will have to understand that certain cities may have variable rules concerning what type of fire pit and how close it can be to a structure.

When You May Need a Permit or Permission

Though you don’t need a state permit in New York, you may have to get a permit or permission to have a fire pit installed if you live in a neighborhood with a homeowner’s association.

Because these committees can create their own rules for the neighborhood, you’ll have to inquire with them to see if there are any specific regulations regarding fire pits in place.

To find out how a fire pit would work in your yard, how your landscaping may be affected, or to schedule a free consult, please contact us at 716-322-3000.

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