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Open Fire Pits, Outdoor Chimineas/Chimneys

Posted on May 6, 2020

Fire Pits, Chimineas, or Outdoor Fireplaces are allowed to be used in the Town of Danvers provided that the following conditions are met:


Permanent Fire Pits, Chimineas or Fireplaces/Chimneys

Any permanent “structure” which is an accessory to the residence may need approval from zoning prior to construction. The Town of Danvers Bylaws (December 4, 2017) define the accessory structure as: “Any combination of materials assembled, constructed, erected or maintained at a fixed location and placed permanently or temporarily in or on the ground”

Portable Fire Pits and Chimineas must have or meet the following:

The appliance/device shall be no bigger than 3 feet in diameter. Anything larger is not considered a recreational fire.

All fires shall always be attended by a competent person until extinguished (18 or older).

A water supply or an extinguisher capable of extinguishing the fire must be within 75 feet of the fire.

The appliance/device must be on a non-combustible, level surface at grade level, not located under any type of overhang, roof or canopy.

The appliance/device shall not be located within 25 feet of a structure or combustible material.

A screen should be used to prevent flying embers.

The most important part is common sense. Never use flammable liquids to start a fire. Only ordinary, clean wood shall be used. No construction debris, leaves, household trash, hazardous waste or chemicals shall be burned at any time.

 Please note that the use of any appliance, whether it is permanent or portable shall be regulated by the smoke that is created during its use. If at any time that smoke creates a nuisance or a health hazard to your neighbors, the Danvers Fire Department will be notified and if in their investigation into the complaint, they find a valid issue, the fire will be required to be extinguished.

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