The information below is meant to serve as a summary of the Fire Prevention Ordinance concerning Open Burning. For the complete and official Ordinance please visit the City Clerks website.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I get an application to burn?
A burn permit application can be downloaded here or you can request one at Fire Station 1.
Where do I apply for a burn permit?
The completed application must be delivered to Fire Station 1.
Does it cost anything to apply for a burn permit?
There is no charge for a burn permit.
What times of the year is burning restricted to certain
February 15 April 30 and October 1 December 15: 6 p.m. 6 a.m.
*The Fire Chief or Fire Marshal may issue a ban on open burning if severe weather conditions exist.
Can I burn leaves in the City of Murray?
No, leaves are not allowed to be burned in the City of Murray.
What are the consequences for illegal burning or failing to
obtain a permit?
Violations are subject to a $50 fine.
Do I need a burn permit to use an outdoor burn pit,
fireplace, or chimanea?
Allowable Reasons for Burning
- Fires set for cooking food
- Recreational or ceremonial fires
- Fires set for the disposal of storm debris, land management, and land clearing
- Small fire set for workers for comfort heat when the temperature drops below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (Fire must be contained to a drum)
- Bona fide firefighter training
- Agricultural and wildlife management
- Emergency disposal of hazardous materials under the direction of KY EPA
- Tree Limbs
- Clean Lumber (not painted, stained or pressure treated)
- Agricultural (animal bedding, hay, muck piles)
- Construction (asbestos, construction debris, renovation debris, shingles, buildings, demolition debris, drywall)
- Household Garbage and Rubbish
- Leaves and foliage
- Wood materials ( fence posts, sawdust, wood mulch, pallets, wood chips, wood shavings, and painted, stained or pressure treated wood)
- Miscellaneous (Chemical containers, insulation, carpeting, tires, coated wire, furniture, rubber, used oil, commercial waste)
Size Limit and location
- Burn Piles shall not exceed 25ft X 25ft X 8ft high
- Fire shall be located at least 50ft from any building or utility line
- Fire shall not be allowed to spread to within 50ft of a building or utility line
- Fires in outdoor fireplaces, fire pits and chimeneas shall be located at least 15ft from any building or utility line
- Any open burning shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished
- Adequate and appropriate fire extinguishing equipment shall be available for immediate use
Notification Required Prior to Burning
- Burn permit shall be obtained from Murray Fire Department
- Murray Police Department shall be notified each time a fire is ignited