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Outdoor Fireplace Permit and Use Requirements

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The City of Appleton Municipal Code provides regulations relating to the use of outdoor fireplaces. With the exception of fires fueled by natural gas, propane and charcoal, a permit must be obtained by the fire department prior to having any outdoor fire.

The permit must be approved by the Fire Chief or his designee, and includes an inspection of the appliance and the site to be used for burning. Applicants are encouraged to speak with surrounding neighbors regarding outdoor fire usage to reduce the possibility of nuisance complaints and discontinued outdoor fire use.

NOTE: No permit shall be granted for open burning for multi-family occupancies (3 or more). Permits for duplexes require property owner’s written permission. Permits for single-family occupancies that are not owner-occupied also need written permission from the owner.

Type of permit:

• Daily (single use) $15.00 (Requires Inspection)
• Seasonal (New) $30.00 (January 1 - December 31) (Requires Inspection)
• Seasonal (Renewal) $30.00 (January 1 - December 31)
• Payment is cash or check payable to City of Appleton or complete the application process on-line and pay with a credit card.


Above-ground appliances must include:
• Non-tipping base, screen enclosure, covered top
• Maximum size 36” in diameter or 7 sq. ft.

In-ground appliances must include:
• Lined with dirt or a non-combustible material (steel or masonry)
• Screen enclosure, covered top
• Maximum size 36” in diameter or 7 sq. ft.
• Extends a minimum of eight inches (8”) above ground

A site inspection will be completed prior to issuing a new permit. Renewal permits do not typically require a re-inspection unless there has been a change to the burning appliance or the location of burning.

Fire must be placed a minimum ten (10) feet from any building, structure, fence, combustible play equipment, combustible landscape, or property line.

A water hose, 5-gallon water bucket, or fire extinguisher must be available at the location of the fire.

Only natural wood or manufactured fireplace logs may be burned. Do not burn treated, painted or stained wood. Do not burn leaves, newspapers or garbage.

Wind may not be in excess of 9 mph.

Burning times:

Sunday – Thursday: 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 6:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Any day/evening preceding a federal holiday: 6:00 a.m. – 12:00a.m.

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