Can I Have a Fire Pit In My Back Yard?

Can you have a fire pit in your Arizona backyard? Yes. Fire pits are a great way to stay warm, gather with friends, and create a gathering space in your backyard. If you follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your fire pit and adhere to local ordinances, you and your family will be safe from harm and from the law.

NOTE: In order to make sure your backyard fire pit meets all local laws and codes, it’s best to hire a trained, licensed plumber to do the install. However, if you choose to do it yourself (and have a plumber install the gas line), be sure that you understand your local laws. We have listed out some of the basics below, but you will need to contact your local government to get the full set of regulations for your backyard fire pit. Do not skip this step.

Arizona Open Fire Laws by East Valley City

  • Gilbert: Gilbert does not regulate fire pits or gas grills. Read more. But be careful when it comes to any open burns. Again, read the instructions on your fire pit. 
  • Mesa: Your fire pit needs to be 15 feet away from any combustible material. Read more. Be careful. Failure to comply can bring a Class 1 Misdemeanor and it’s a $2500 fine and up to 6 months in jail!
  • Phoenix: Only requires that fires be regularly monitored and that you have fire extinguishing methods available, including an extinguisher, garden hose, or dirt. No permit is required, but “no burn” days must be observed. Read more.
  • Maricopa County: Be sure to follow the “no burn” time periods, as even an outdoor fire pit is restricted. The law in Maricopa County.
  • Tempe: According to the Tempe laws, “From May 1 through September 30 each year it is unlawful for any person to ignite, cause to be ignited, permit or allow to be ignited, any outdoor fire.” This does appear to apply to fire pits as well.

Enjoy Your Fire Pit and Stay Safe

A fire pit is a great way to hang out with friends and family and stay warm in your backyard during the crisp Arizona winters. With just a few simple safety tips around your fire pit, you can ensure that your fun doesn’t include a trip to urgent care.

Safety Tips For Your Backyard Fire Pit

  1. Be aware of the area around the pit. Make sure there are no combustible materials within 25 feet of your fire pit, including things like lighter fluid, instant light charcoal, etc.
  2. Check the wind. Wind can blow things into your fire and start a larger situation. 
  3. Build your fire pit away from structures and never underneath a cover.
  4. Don’t wear flammable clothing.
  5. Be prepared to extinguish any flames. Have an extinguisher or garden hose ready.
  6. Keep all kids and animals at least three feet away from the fire pit.
  7. Always attend the fire. Never leave the fire going unattended.
  8. Don’t burn while drunk.

Backyard Fire Pits Are Fun

We don’t mean to scare you away from the wonderful fun that a backyard fire pit brings. With a professional installation of your gas lines, following the manufacturer’s directions, knowing your local ordinances, and following the safety tips, you and your family can create some wonderful memories around your fire pit.

Call us to get a free estimate on getting your gas line and fire pit professionally installed.