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Open Burning in Ferndale

Open Burning in Ferndale

The process of applying for your annual burn permit, paying fee, and scheduling inspection is now all online!

The City of Ferndale's Open Burning Ordinance allows for backyard fires with a permit. Permits:

  • Are issued annually following a permit application process
  • Cost $25 annually
  • Are nontransferable for persons or property

Disclaimer: Applicants should ensure required conditions can be met prior to completing permit application.

Processed permit fees will not be returned to applicants unable to satisfy requirements.

Required Conditions Checklist:

  • The property in which applicant intends to conduct open burning must be applicant’s primary residence.
  • Applicant must be over age of 18 years old.
  • The edge of the burning device is not within 15 feet of any combustible structures on the property. Combustible structures include but are not limited to: houses, garages, wooden fences, wooden play structures, decks, etc.
  • The edge of the burning device is not within 20 feet of any combustible structures on a neighbor’s property.

Renters MUST have a signed letter of consent from property owner for open burning on property prior to submitting application. This will be a required attachment to the application.

Applicants confident they can meet required conditions for open burning permit can begin the application process by clicking here. The online system will take you through the application process. Once the application is submitted, multiple emails will be sent to complete online payment and schedule the required inspection. The permit will be issued electronically to applicant after payment is processed. Failure to schedule an inspection or inability to satisfy required conditions as determined by inspection will result in permit being revoked.

Online application process can be completed in less than 5 minutes.

For additional questions, please contact:
Ferndale Fire Marshal
248-546-2510 ext. 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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