Village of Scotia, NY
Schenectady County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees in the Village of Scotia 5-14-2003 by L.L. No. 5-2003. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Board of Fire Commissioners — See Ch. 29.
Fire Department — See Ch. 31.
Firearms — See Ch. 140.
Fire prevention and building construction — See Ch. 150.
The Board of Trustees recognizes that outdoor open burning of materials potentially poses a threat to life and property and may create a nuisance. It is the purpose of this chapter to ensure that the safety, health and welfare of the residents and property in the village are protected by prohibiting open fires except as specifically permitted herein.
As used in this chapter the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
GARBAGE
Includes all organic waste or offal of fish, fowl or animal and any fruit or vegetable matter resulting from the preparation of food or from any source.
OPEN FIRE
Any outdoor fire froth which air contaminants are emitted directly in the outdoor atmosphere.
RUBBISH
Solid or liquid waste material, including but not limited to paper and paper products, rags, trees or leaves, needles and branches therefrom, vines, lawn and garden debris, brush, furniture, cans, crockery, plastics, cartons, chemicals, paint, grease, sludge, oils and other petroleum products, wood, sawdust, demolition or construction materials, appliances, tires and automobiles and other vehicles and parts, for junk, salvage or disposal.
It shall be unlawful for any person to light, permit or maintain an open fire in or upon any premises, street or public place within the village.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to the following acts:
A. 
Open fires fueled by charcoal or propane in grills or fireplaces solely for the purpose of cooking food, when such fire is limited to the minimal size necessary to cook such food.
B. 
Open fires by any department or agency of the village, when such burning is done under the supervision of the officials in charge of such department or agency.
C. 
[1]Upon permit issued by the Fire Chief, open fires for special events by private or public organizations. Said open fires shall be maintained under the conditions set forth by the Fire Chief.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection C, Outdoor fires for the purpose of indoor heating, was repealed 2-13-2008 by L.L. No. 1-2008. This local law also renumbered former Subsection D as Subsection C.
D. 
The smoking of meat for personal consumption in a commercially made smoker that is enclosed.
[Added 4-8-2009 by L.L. No. 3-2009]
A. 
All open fires must be maintained so as to avoid fire hazards.
B. 
All open fires must be maintained in such a manner as to not create a nuisance for neighboring properties.
C. 
Garbage or rubbish may not be burned.
D. 
If in the opinion of the Fire Chief the weather or air conditions are such that the starting or the continuation of the open fire is a risk to life, health or property within the Village, he shall have the authority to declare that any and all burning shall cease immediately until further notice.
The Fire Chief or Fire Department command personnel shall have the authority to extinguish any open fire being conducted in violation of any provision of this chapter.
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be guilty of a violation and shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $250 or imprisonment for a term not to exceed 15 days, or both.