Burning Laws

Ohio EPA Open Burning Laws

Ohio EPA regulates outdoor burning in restricted and unrestricted areas. Restricted areas include land within 1,000 feet of a municipality and areas within a mile of communities larger than 10,000 in population. In restricted areas, residents can burn outdoors only for cooking purposes and some occupational needs. Residents outside of the restricted areas can outdoor burn for waste purposes as long as specific requirements are met; including the need to be at least 1,000 feet from all inhabited buildings on neighboring properties. Ohio EPA regulations also prohibit the burning of some materials anywhere in the state at any time. These include: materials containing rubber, grease, and asphalt or made from petroleum, such as tires, cars, and auto parts, plastics or plastic-coated wire; garbage-any wastes created in the process of handling preparing or consumption of food; and, dead animals. A copy of Ohio EPA’s brochure “Before you Light It: Know Ohio’s Open Burning Regulations” is available on the Agency’s web site at www.epa.state.oh.us.

A copy of Ohio EPA’s open burning rules can be found at: www.epa.state.oh.us/dapc/regs/3745-19/3745_19.html.