Burning and Bonfires in Neshannock Township
Outdoor burning and bonfires are permitted in Neshannock Township with an approved burning permit. Burning permits are available to private, single-family residences at a cost of $16.00 per year. Permits may be purchased at the Neshannock Township Municipal Complex at 3131 Mercer Road, Neshannock, PA 16105 on weekdays from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Burning permits are non-transferable. Commercial establishments are prohibited from engaging in open outdoor burning. Special permits may be granted for the clearing of lots and land.
Regulations for Outdoor Burning
- Fires must not be within 15 feet of any structure.
- Fires must be attended and supervised by an adult at all times.
- Homeowners must have the ability and equipment necessary to extinguish the fire at all times. A fire must never exceed the homeowner’s ability to control it.
- Burning is prohibited when wind, drought or other weather factors create a dangerous condition.
- Burning may occur on Saturdays between dawn and 4:00 PM unless otherwise approved. Burning is prohibited on holidays.
- Burning must be contained in an approved manner to prevent the fire from spreading.
The following materials are prohibited from being burned in Neshannock Township for any reason:
- Tires or any other products containing rubber
- Shingles, tar paper or other roofing materials
- Petroleum Products
- Household garbage
- Flammable or combustible liquids
- Hazardous Chemicals
- Any other material that will cause offensive or noxious smoke or odors.
Example of Approved Container
A 55 gallon steel drum may be used as a burning container. The drum should have holes drilled around the lower outside surface to ensure complete combustion. A screen should be placed over the top of the drum to prevent embers from escaping.
Fire hydrants provide water to firefighters during fire emergencies. Hydrants are imperative to the fire suppression process and must be easily located and in good working order at all times. Please remember that fire hydrants are vital for life safety and property conservation.
It is unlawful for anyone other than authorized personnel to open, modify, decorate, disguise, or otherwise use a fire hydrant for any reason. Please ensure that all landscaping and snow piles are clear from around the hydrant so they may be easily spotted and accessed by emergency responders.
If you see a hydrant in need of repair or an obstructed hydrant in Neshannock Township, please contact the Neshannock Township Municipal Complex at 724-658-4972 and provide the location of the hydrant and the nature of the problem.