Township of Allegheny, PA
Westmoreland County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Allegheny 6-13-1977 by Ord. No. 21-1977 (§§ 6.181 to 6.187 of the 1986 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire prevention and safety — See Ch. 118.
Parks and trails — See Ch. 176.
Solid waste and recycling — See Ch. 210.

§ 81-1 Burning restrictions.

[Amended 12-12-2005 by Ord. No. 6-2005]
Willful burning of solid waste, recyclable materials or residual waste is prohibited. These materials shall be disposed of in accordance with Chapter 210 of the Allegheny Township Code. Willful burning of rubbish shall be prohibited except in fireproof containers located at least 15 feet from the nearest structure.

§ 81-2 Minimum distances.

Willful burning of brush or wood shall not take place within 30 feet of the nearest structure.

§ 81-3 Attendance of fires.

Except as otherwise provided, all intentional outdoor burning must be constantly attended by an adult having at hand the means to extinguish the fire. However, where an occupier of land occupies more than 10 contiguous acres, he may place a fire on his premises at least 150 feet from the nearest property line or public road, and then may leave the immediate site of the fire. But in no case shall a lot, piece or parcel of land on which a fire is burning be left without occupants.

§ 81-4 Hours for burning.

Except as otherwise provided, no willful outdoor burning may take place after sunset or before sunrise. However, wood or charcoal fires may be ignited and kept burning during such period, provided that at least two persons are constantly at the site of the fire, at least one of whom must be an adult.

§ 81-5 Prohibition against odor.

Objects which give off an offensive odor when burned may not be willfully burned.

§ 81-6 Notification of intent.

[Amended 8-8-2005 by Ord. No. 4-2005]
Any person shall notify their local fire department at least 48 hours prior to burning large amounts of brush or wood. Large amounts of brush or wood shall be those which cover an area greater than seven feet in diameter.

§ 81-7 Violations and penalties.

Any person who violates or permits a violation of this chapter shall, upon conviction in a summary proceeding brought before a Magisterial District Judge under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, be guilty of a summary offense and shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000, plus costs of prosecution. In default of payment thereof, the defendant may be sentenced to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days. Each day or portion thereof that such violation continues or is permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense, and each section of this chapter that is violated shall also constitute a separate offense.

§ 81-8 Prohibition against burning.

[Added 8-8-2005 by Ord. No. 4-2005]
The Emergency Management Coordinator may institute a complete no-burning ban by notifying the local fire departments as well as the Township office. Such a ban shall be implemented as dictated by weather conditions.

§ 81-9 Burning not to cause discomfort.

[Added 12-12-2005 by Ord. No. 6-2005]
Within R1 Residential Zoning Districts and within 1,000 feet of the perimeter of an R1 Zoning District, burning shall be discontinued if the smoke and residue from burning cause discomfort and distress to nearby neighbors. Neighbors affected in such a manner shall notify the Police Department of the condition, and the Department will notify the responsible party to discontinue burning. Failure to comply will result in penalties as outlined in § 81-7 of this chapter.