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Seasonal Fire Codes

It's summer and we know what that means, fireworks, bonfires, and BBQ! Here is a brief description of fire regulations so you can have a safe but fun summer.  


The City of Troy does not allow the discharge of Consumer Grade Fireworks on any day without a permit, except as follows:

  • December 31 until 1 am on January 1.
  • The Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Memorial Day until 11:45 pm on each of those days. 
  • June 29 to July 4 until 11:45 pm on each of those days. 
  • July 5, if that date is a Friday or Saturday, until 11:45 pm
  • The Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Labor Day until 11:45 pm on each of those days.
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Open Burning

A ground fire shall be the minimum size for the intended purpose but not larger than 3 feet by 3 feet by 3 feet in dimension and shall be contained in a safe manner. It shall also meet the following requirements: 

  • Burn only seasoned, dried firewood or clean untreated lumber intended to minimize the generation of air contaminants 
  • Constantly attended by a minimum of one adult 
  • Maintain access to device(s) to suppress or minimize the spread of fire 
  • Maintain a safe distance from structures or other combustibles
  • Pile height to remain under 3 feet
  • Complaints regarding odor or smoke transmission may require law enforcement or the fire code official to require fire extinguishment (T.C.C. 307.1.1)
Please be aware there are different requirements for a bonfire.

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Special Event
Special events include, but are not limited to, the following situations and guidelines:

  • Exhibits/displays of goods, items, food, merchandise, wares, etc.
  • Craft shows, art shows, book shows, train shows, etc.
  • Trade shows; buying / selling of goods, items, food, merchandise, wares, etc.
  • Public gatherings of 500 or more people inside of a tent or building beyond the normal use of the facility.
  • Any event, whereby it’s occurrence changes the intended use of the facility.
Hosting a special event? Please be aware of the permit requirements and submit a Special Event Permit Application.


Charcoal burners and other open-flame cooking devices shall not be operated on combustible balconies or within 10 feet (3048 mm) of combustible construction.

  • One and two-family dwellings.
  • Where buildings, balconies, and decks are protected by an automatic sprinkler system.
  • LP gas cooking devices having LP gas container with a water capacity not greater than 2½ pounds [nominal 1 pound (0.454 kg) LP gas capacity].
  • As with any open flame device, we ask our residents to exercise caution and good judgment when using this type of device.

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