The Whitehall Borough Council finally made it official on Wednesday night by passing an ordinance regulating the use of fire pits in the borough.
The council made amendments to the proposed ordinance in March that standardized the size of the pits to no more than 3 feet in diameter and no less than 12 inches deep.
The ordinance also states that a permit must be obtained for a bonfire in accordance with enforcement of the 2009 International Fire Code. A bonfire, per the ordinance, is identified as an outdoor fire used for ceremonial purposes that is larger than a recreational fire.
Residents do not need to obtain a permit in order to own or use a recreational fire pit.
Regulations applying to grills are not written in the ordinance. The ordinance applies only to recreational open burning and cooking devices that have an open flame.
The amended (and now in effect) ordinance is available for public view. It is attached to this article as a PDF file and is also available on the Whitehall Borough website and at the Whitehall Municipal Building.
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