Can I have a fire pit in my backyard ?


Fire pits have become increasingly popular in recent years. Unless they are being used primarily for cooking, however, they are technically subject to the MassDEP open burning regulation. If you do use a fire pit for cooking, the fire must be:

  • Kept to a reasonable size;
  • Located away from combustible materials;
  • Contained in a non-flammable enclosure; and
  • Tended by someone who is 18 years of age or older.

Remember to burn only clean, dry firewood. This will minimize the amount of smoke leaving your property and lessen the chance of causing a nuisance for your neighbors. Burning trash, refuse and other similar materials is not allowed.

Some cities and towns regulate, limit or prohibit the use of chimineas, fire pits and outdoor fireplaces. The Town of Harwich does allow ambiance fires in chimineas, fire pits and outdoor fireplaces as long as the burning does not cause a nuisance to neighbors and the smoke does not create a hazard.