Do outdoor fire pits have required setbacks?

Yes, outdoor fire pits usually have required setbacks that must be followed to ensure safety and compliance with local regulations. The exact setbacks required may vary depending on the specific location and local by-laws, so it’s important to check with your local government or fire department to determine what the specific requirements are in your area (or ask your designer/contractor to find out for you!)

In general, setbacks may include a minimum distance from buildings, property lines, trees, and other combustible materials. For example, the setback requirements in one city may specify that outdoor fire pits must be at least 15 feet away from any structure and at least 10 feet away from any property line. It’s also common for setbacks to require that fire pits be placed on non-combustible surfaces, such as an interlock patio.

Following these setback requirements is important to ensure that your outdoor fire pit is safe and doesn’t pose a risk to nearby buildings, people, or property. Additionally, failing to follow setback requirements may result in an unwelcome visit from a by-law officer.

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