Whitehall Council Passes Fire Pits Ordinance

Regulations applying to grills are not written in the law.

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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cc May 29, 2013 at 02:17 AM
Best thing that was passed in Whitehall. All my neighbors have fire pits except the one that loves to complain. She has chased away her kids and friends that she had and just chalk it up to her being a lonely old lady.
Margaret French May 29, 2013 at 01:16 PM
You're right. Makes you wonder what these people would do if they had to live years ago and cook like this all the time and use a fireplace for their only heat before electricity etc. A lot of my neighbors have them too or else a grill. I can always smell wood etc. I like the smell. If they would ever outlaw them then they should also outlaw these women who wear so much perfume that it nearly knocks you over when you are 20 feet away.
Ned Hardt May 29, 2013 at 01:29 PM
I think they should outlaw those perfumed women, not the fire pits/grills/etc. Did you know that those over perfumed ones are just plain OLD? Seems the sense of smell diminishes with age, and OLD LADIES are the ones who most likely overdo the perfume----along with the teenyboppers who haven't learned how to use in moderation yet! :-)


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