Fire Pit Regulation Unchanged in Surf City



Immediately after a brief dialogue before this month, the Surf Town Borough Council agreed to let the municipal code regulating hearth pits stand as is.  
Its reconsideration was pushed by a letter from a resident who wrote to say a neighbor’s use of a fire pit was an inconvenience for him, and he asked for the council toughen up the zoning ordinance regulating fire pits, Mayor Francis Hodgson explained in bringing the difficulty to the table through the council’s Oct. 14 conference. Amid the tips the letter writer had for council was to restrict the use of hearth pits, such as making it possible for them only from Oct to April. He also prompt fireplace pits not be permitted ahead of 9 a.m. and no later on than 10 p.m. 
“I am not a fire pit individual,” Councilman James Russell began his reviews, noting he closes up his home when a neighboring hearth pit receives to be too considerably. “You just can’t say just one person can have it and not a further.” 
Councilman Pete Hartney agreed, including, “it’s challenging to enforce” and noting the general smell of smoke generally prompts fire phone calls. He advised leaving the ordinance “as is.” 
Borough police responded to the letter writer’s criticism of his neighbor’s fire pit utilization, mastering the fire pit in problem is higher than floor and semi-enclosed, like a grill, in accordance to the mayor.   
That style of hearth pit “doesn’t want a permit, according to the condition,” Hodgson explained.  
In March 2019, the council authorized Ordinance 2019-05, regulating the use of hearth pits in the borough. Under the zoning measure, permitted outdoor fires are restricted to recreational fires solely contained inside of accredited moveable and everlasting fireplace devices. It mandates fires can only be started and maintained with clean up firewood, charcoal, made logs, propane or pure gas. 
“All other fuels, which includes, but not minimal to, brush, leaves, trees, trash, refuse, and dealt with and wet wood are prohibited,” in accordance to the evaluate. “All permitted outside fires shall be taken care of in a manner that assures any smoke and embers arising therefrom do not interfere with the air good quality, peace and silent satisfaction of neighboring residents.” 
All fire pits, with the exception of grills and other permitted cooking appliances, will have to have an ember-suppressing lid, in accordance to the evaluate. All sound gas-burning (wood) fire pits, open up wooden burning, and/or open up and unenclosed, and/or contained burning of any variety not in accordance with this section are prohibited. 
Just before a permanent hearth device is produced or put in on any good deal in the borough, a permit have to be issued by the zoning officer. A survey and a study affidavit of no adjust, indicating the type of gadget and area to be mounted, should be submitted with the allow software. 
“The site of the expected hearth extinguisher or doing the job yard hose, as for each this portion, shall be shown on said strategy,” in accordance to the evaluate. 
Moveable fire pits are permitted less than the regulation and do not involve a permit from the zoning officer. Continue to, use of this kind of gadgets should defer to spot prerequisites laid out in the ordinance, which includes remaining a minimal of 5 toes from any building or accessory framework and a minimal 10 toes from any whole lot line.  
Everlasting fire equipment can’t exceed 3 toes in height or include an spot bigger than 6 feet by 6 feet. Only a single permanent fireplace pit is allowed on a lot or a collection of continual a lot under the exact ownership. Any long lasting hearth unit in compliance with the ordinance will be excluded from great deal protection calculation, in accordance to the ordinance. 
“Exterior masonry and wooden burning fireplaces may well be freestanding or hooked up to the principal or accessory structures and shall comply with all fireplace codes, constructing codes and zoning regulations for masonry fireplaces,” the ordinance reads. 
No outdoor fire is permitted to be remaining unattended and must be extinguished for the night, according to borough code. The ordinance is enforceable by the borough zoning officer, police and/or the Ocean County fireplace marshal. 
— Gina G. Scala
ggscala@thesandpaper.web

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