Fire Permits

A written burning permit must be obtained prior to any outside burning within the City of Biddeford. Burning permits can be picked up at the Central Fire Station between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Permits are considered valid for the date of issue until Midnight. Fire permits will not be issued on a forestry class day of three or higher. (Exceptions, campfire permits may be allowed on forestry class three or higher depending on wind conditions and approved the on duty fire officer. Permits are not required for any use of residential outdoor grills used for cooking, and campfires when the ground is covered with snow.

Recreational Fires

Recreational fires include campfires, residential use of outdoor grills and fireplaces for recreational purposes such as preparing food. Campfire permits are valid from date of issue to December 31st. (Exceptions: Beach Campfires on City Public Beaches). It is required the permit holder contact the Fire Department at 207-282-6632 prior to lighting of any campfire. This will enable the fire department to notify the permit holder in the event weather conditions warrant otherwise.

Rules & Regulations

  • Campfires must be no larger than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height
  • Area must be clear of any vegetation to prevent the spread of fire
  • Must be at least 15 feet from any structure
  • Must not create any nuisance

Beach Campfires

Beach campfires on any of the City Public Beaches require a permit and are only valid on day of issue. Beach Campfires must be contained in a metal container. No ashes are to be left on the beach. No campfire shall be allowed within 100 feet of any posted "Birds Nesting" site. Must not create a nuisance. 

Open Burning Fires

The burning of any materials where in products of combustion is emitted directly into the air without passing through a stack or chimney. Open burning must have a maximum diameter of 20 feet and must be not less than 50 feet from any structure and adequate provision is made to prevent fire from spreading to within 50 feet of any structure.

Permissible materials for open burning are Brush, Leaves, and Clean Wood. The following list of materials is prohibited from burning:

  • Asphalt shingles
  • Combustible or flammable liquids
  • Construction / demolition debris
    • Chemicals
    • Metals
    • Painted
    • Plastics
    • Rubber
    • Styrofoam's
    • Varnished wood
  • Manufactured wood materials
  • Paper / cardboard
  • Rubbish / refuse / household garbage
  • Sludge or solvents
  • Tires
  • Wire insulation
  • Wood boxes

The minimal use of paper may be used for ignition of any fires. Do not use any flammable or combustible liquids.

Permittee Responsibilities & Safety Criteria

  • Must have a written permit in their possession during the burning
  • Fires must be attended at all times
  • Have a charged garden hose and or buckets of water available
  • Must pay careful attention to wind speed and wind direction
  • Making sure the fire is completely extinguished prior to leaving the fire unattended
  • Responsible for the fire if it escapes and is also liable for suppression costs of up to $2,000 as well as any damages caused to other property

Additional Information

Permitted fires that generate any complaints will be investigated by the fire department, and potentially extinguished.

Any violation of these conditions may result in revocation of permit(s), and/or court action.