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The Safety Department requires a permit for recreational or ceremonial fires. For permits please call 593-1666 and print out the form below. Please allow ten (10) days to process.

Recreational Fire Permit Form [PDF]

To comply with Athens City Fire Department Burn Law effective 8/29/06

Please note:

  • The "Safety Requirements for Ceremonial or Recreational Fires" permit form must be signed by the appropriate Facilities Management and Safety Grounds representative (740-593-2911), and then delivered to Room 274 University Service Center, Safety Department for approval.
  • Recreational or Ceremonial fire size: maximum fuel size 3'; diameter by 2' height.
  • The Athens Fire Department will not issue fire permits. Fires that exceed the (Athens City) codes and restrictions shall not be allowed within the City and will be extinguished. A fire report shall be completed, with individuals responsible for the fire listed on the report. Repeated responses to the same fire may result in a citation being issued through the prosecutor's office.
  • Fire Extinguishers- At least one portable fire extinguisher with minimum rating 4-A, two portable fire extinguishers with minimum rating 2-A each, or other approved on-site fire extinguishing equipment, such as dirt, sand, water buckets, garden hose or water truck.
  • Call Facilities Management, 593-2911 to request extinguishers from the Life Safety Shop.
  • Notify the Athens City Fire Department (Columbus Rd, 592-3301) prior to igniting the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 immediately if the fire creates a safety hazard or you can't control it.