Bonfires are permitted without a permit but only for cooking food. You may burn only untreated cut wood (like wood used for in an indoor fireplace). The size of the fire must correspond with the size of the food being cooked. If the smoke from the fire becomes a nuisance to neighbors, Fire Department or Police officials may still be called out and the fire may need to be extinguished.
see: Outdoor Fireplaces and Fire Pits
Any other outdoor fires, including leaves, brush, tree trimmings and construction debris are regulated by the Ohio EPA as "open burning".
With a few exceptions, open burning is not permitted in restricted areas. These areas include:
- within the boundaries of any municipal corporation.
- within corporation limits and a 1,000-foot zone outside any municipal corporation having a population of 1,000 to 10,000.
- within corporation limits and a one-mile zone outside any municipal corporation with a population of more then 10,000.
Many areas within Bainbridge Township are in this restricted area.
In order to open burn, you must obtain written permission from the Lake County General Health District. Afterwards, a Burning Permit from the Bainbridge Twp. Fire Dept. must also be obtained prior to any burning.
Items that can never be burned:
- materials containing rubber, grease, asphalt, and roofing shingles, or made from petroleum, such as tires, cars and auto parts, plastics, or plastic-coated wire.
- garbage -any wastes created in the process of handling, preparing, cooking, or consumption of food.
- dead animals
You can obtain more information, contact information, and a request to burn application from the Lake County General Health District here.
After you receive permission from the Lake County General Health District, the Bainbridge Twp. Fire Dept. can review and issue a Burning Permit.
Even with this Burning Permit, you may be required to extinguish the fire if the smoke becomes a nuisance to neighbors.