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Port Byron has an Open Burning Ordinance which clearly specifies what residents can and cannot burn. In an attempt to clarify this matter, the Village is posting this page on the Official Port Byron Website in order to inform them of acceptable and not acceptable items for open burning.

Acceptable                           Not Acceptable

Leaves                                     Rubbish Fires

Yard Waste                            Building/Construction Materials

Bonfires*                                Rags

Wiener Roasts (etc.)            Garbage

                                                  Hay/Straw or any material producing obnoxious odors

* Bonfires and cooking fires are permitted on private property but are not permitted on public land without the written approval of the Fire Chief or his designee.

This ordinance shall be known as the Open Burning Ordinance of the Village of Port Byron.

Open Burning Ordinance

  1. Location. No person shall kindle or maintain any bonfire or landscaped waste or leaf fire or authorize any such fire to be kindled or maintained on any street, sidewalk, or alley or authorize any such fires to be maintained on any private land unless the location is not less than twenty-five (25) feet from any structure and adequate provision is made to prevent the fire from spreading to within twenty-five (25) feet of any structure.

  2. Attendance. Bonfires, landscape waste fires and leaf fires shall be constantly attended by a competent person until such fire is extinguished. This person shall have a garden hose connected to the water supply or other fire extinguishing equipment readily available for use. Bonfires, landscape waste fires and leaf fires are permitted only between sunrise and sunset and must be extinguished by sunset.

  3. Fire Chief May Prohibit. The Fire Chief may prohibit any or all bonfires and outdoor fires when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous, provided the chief has been notified of said prohibition, at least twelve (12) hours in advance of said prohibition’s taking effect all news media who have a request for notification of public meetings under the Open Meetings Act on file with the Village Clerk, or any time he declares an emergency exists he shall so prohibit without such notification.

  4. Permit. A permit to burn leaves and landscape waste is not required. Rubbish fires including tires, roofing materials, building materials, rags, garbage, hay, straw or any material giving off an obnoxious odor are not permitted. Bonfires and cooking fires (wiener roasts, etc.) are permitted on private property but when on public land approval by the fire chief or his designee must be obtained in writing.

  5. Penalties. Any person, firm, corporation, agent, employee, or contractor of such that violates any provision of this ordinance shall be fined not less than fifty dollars ($50.00) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) for each offense.



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