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Open Burning in Ferndale

Open Burning in Ferndale

The City of Ferndale's Open Burning Ordinance allows for backyard fires with a permit. Residents must apply for a burning permit and pay a one-time $25 fee (the burning permit is nontransferable for persons or property). If you’re interested in this program, complete and submit the permit application. Permits will be issued by the Fire Department at Fire Station 1.

For additional questions, please contact:
Ferndale Fire Marshal
248-546-4131 exit. 302

Permit Rules

  • The patio wood-burning unit or campfire shall not be used to burn refuse.
  • The patio wood-burning unit or campfire shall burn only clean tree wood.
  • The patio wood-burning unit or campfire shall be located at least 20 feet from the nearest structure which is not on the same property as the patio wood-burning unit, and at least 15 feet from the nearest structure on the same property as the patio wood-burning unit.
  • The patio wood-burning unit or campfire shall not cause a nuisance to neighbors.
  • Operational hours for any patio wood-burning unit or campfire shall be limited to the time between 11 a.m. and 1 a.m.
  • All fires shall be supervised by at least one person who is 18 years of age or older.
  • There shall be at minimum a garden hose connected to a reliable water supply, 1-gallon bucket of water, or a 2a10BC rated fire extinguisher with 20 feet of any open burning.

Fireworks Regulations

The City of Ferndale follows a stricter ordinance than the State for fireworks usage. In 2019, City Council voted to reduce the number of days fireworks can be used in Ferndale from 30 to 12. On the following days, fireworks may be used in the City of Ferndale after 11 a.m.:

  • December 31 until 1 a.m. on January 1
  • The Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Memorial Day until 11:45 p.m. on each of those days
  • June 29 to July 4 until 11:45 p.m. on each of those days
  • July 5, if that date is a Friday or Saturday until 11:45 p.m.
  • The Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Labor Day until 11:45 p.m. on each of those days.

Fireworks, firecrackers, and noisemakers are only allowed during the dates and times mentioned above. Use of these items outside the legally-allowed timeframes are considered a violation of ordinance and could result in a civil infraction. A violation of the ordinance—using fireworks outside of the legally-allowed timeframes listed above—will be investigated by the Ferndale Police Department and can result in a civil infraction, punishable by a fine of $1,000 for each violation. If you experience an issue with fireworks in Ferndale on non-sanctioned days or after midnight (1:00 a.m. on December 31), you can report it by phoning Ferndale Police Department non-emergency at 248-541-3650.

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