Guideline No. 18 – Fire Pits

An Exterior Alteration Application must be submitted for all in ground fire pits (Wood, Propane or Gas).

Exterior Alteration Application Requirements

The application must include:

  • Diagrammed plot plan detailing the location of the fire pit.
    Note: Applications without a diagrammed plot plan will not be accepted.
  • All dimensions of fire pit above and below ground.
  • Description of materials and colors.
  • Manufacturers drawing or brochure, if applicable.
  • Description of fire pit cover for wood burning fire pits.


Your application will most likely be approved if it meets the following criteria:

  1. The fire pit is made of non-combustible material with sides that measure at least 18 inches from the bottom of the pit to the top.
  2. The pit is made of non-combustible material and is at least 18 inches in height and contains fuel wood or coals.
  3. Has a 4-6 inch slab/base, made of non-combustible material.
  4. Has a shield that prevents ashes from being blown by the wind.
  5. The center of the pit is 15 feet or more away from any combustible vegetation or structures, vertically and horizontally.
  6. Vegetation, overhanging branches, or any other flammable material has been removed or is no closer than 15 feet from the center of the pit.
  7. There is, at least, a 6-foot apron of pavers or non-combustible material around the fire pit consisting of a layer of mineral soil, sand, pea gravel, or concrete.
  8. A screen with openings no greater than 1 inch will be placed over the fire pit.
  9. The fire pit is equipped with spark arrestors.
  10. The fire area does not exceed 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height.
  11. The fire pit apron meets the minimum material depth and distance requirements (it can be any shape).
  12. The fire pit has a cover.

NOTE: The RHAC reserves the ability to revoke use of a fire pit until fire danger is reduced any time a higher-than-normal fire hazard exists.

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