Borough of Burgettstown, PA
Washington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Burgettstown 1-20-1976 by Ord. No. 16 (Ch. VII, Part 1, of the 1976 Code of Ordinances); amended in its entirety 5-1-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-02. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire Department — See Ch. 51.
A person shall not kindle or maintain any fire or authorize any such fire to be kindled or maintained unless:
A. 
The fire is contained in an approved burner and at an approved location. The location may be preapproved by either the Burgettstown Borough Fire Department or the police department serving the Borough.
B. 
The location of the same must be within a safe distance from any bordering property line.
C. 
All fires are limited to recreational fires and cooking fires. There shall be no other fires permitted. In limitation of the above, there shall not be any prohibition against cooking fires that are contained in a grill or analogous type of barbecue facility.
D. 
A responsible adult must be present at all times during said burning.
E. 
All fires must be properly extinguished prior to leaving the site.
F. 
A yearly permit at no cost to the applicant must be filled out for all outdoor burning fire pits and/or fire rings that are no larger than 32 inches by 32 inches. A listing of all households which utilize a recreation burning fire pit will be posted on the Borough website, in the Burgettstown Fire Department, Police Department and Borough Building for monitoring and control purposes. However, anyone desiring to burn in anything larger than an outdoor burning fire pit and/or small fire ring that is larger than 32 inches by 32 inches must first obtain a written permit from the Burgettstown Borough Fire Department for each and every burn, together with paying a permit fee of $20 for each burn.
G. 
Wood used for burning must be clean and not be painted wood or treated lumber.
H. 
All fires must be reasonable and not become a nuisance to neighboring residents.
The provisions of this chapter shall be enforced by either the Burgettstown Borough Fire Department or the police department serving the Borough.
A. 
Any person who violates or permits a violation of this chapter shall, upon being found liable therefor, pay a fine of at least $100, but not more than $600, plus court costs and reasonable attorneys' fees incurred by the Borough in the enforcement proceedings. If the penalty is not paid, the Borough shall initiate a civil action for collection in accordance with the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure. Each day a violation exists shall constitute a separate offense, and each section of this chapter that is violated shall also constitute a separate offense. In addition to or in lieu of enforcement under this section, the Borough may enforce this chapter in equity in the Court of Common Pleas of Washington County.
B. 
The following shall apply for all violations of burning without a permit. First offense, the violator shall receive a written warning and must then report to the Borough Building and/or the Burgettstown Borough Fire Department, whichever is applicable, within 48 hours of the violation and register for the applicable permit. For all subsequent offenses of burning without a permit, the violator shall receive the applicable fine as set forth hereunder and shall be forever banned from any and all further burning rights and/or privileges within the Burgettstown Borough.