An Exterior Alteration Application must be submitted for all in ground fire pits (Wood, Propane or Gas).
The application must include:
- A plot plan detailing location of fire pit.
Note: Applications without a diagramed plot plan will not be accepted.
- All dimensions of fire pit above and below ground.
- A description of materials and colors.
- A manufacturers drawing or brochure, if applicable.
- A description of fire pit cover for wood burning fire pits.
Your application will most likely be approved if it meets the following criteria:
- 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.
- The pit is made of non combustible material and is at least 18 inches in height and contains fuel wood or coals.
- Has a four to six inch slab/base, made of non combustible material.
- Has a shield that prevents ashes from being blown by the wind.
- The center of the pit is 15 feet or more away from any combustible vegetation or structures, vertically and horizontally.
- Vegetation, overhanging branches, or any other flammable material has been removed or is no closer than15 feet from the center of the pit.
- There is, at least, a six-foot apron of pavers or non combustible material around the fire pit consisting of a layer of mineral soil, sand, pea gravel, or concrete.
- A screen with openings no greater than 1 inch will be placed over the fire pit.
- The fire pit is equipped with spark arrestors.
- The fire area does not exceed 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height.
- The fire pit apron meets the minimum material depth and distance requirements (it can be any shape).
- 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.