Open Burning

The City of Ferndale's Open Burning Ordinance allows for backyard fires with a permit. Residents must apply for a burning permit and pay a one-time $25 fee (the burning permit is nontransferable for persons or property). If you’re interested in this program, complete and submit the permit application. Permits will be issued by the Fire Department at Fire Station 1.

For additional questions, please contact:
Ferndale Fire Marshal
248-546-4131

Permit Rules

  • The patio wood-burning unit or campfire shall not be used to burn refuse.
  • The patio wood-burning unit or campfire shall burn only clean tree wood.
  • The patio wood-burning unit or campfire shall be located at least 20 feet from the nearest structure which is not on the same property as the patio wood-burning unit, and at least 15 feet from the nearest structure on the same property as the patio wood-burning unit.
  • The patio wood-burning unit or campfire shall not cause a nuisance to neighbors.
  • Operational hours for any patio wood-burning unit or campfire shall be limited to the time between 11 a.m. and 1 a.m.
  • All fires shall be supervised by at least one person who is 18 years of age or older.
  • There shall be at minimum a garden hose connected to a reliable water supply, 1-gallon bucket of water, or a 2a10BC rated fire extinguisher with 20 feet of any open burning.

According to City ordinance, fireworks are permitted the day before, day of, and day after any national holiday, between the hours of 8 a.m. and midnight (1:00 a.m. on New Year's Eve) only. 
If you experience an issue with fireworks in Ferndale on non-sanctioned days or after midnight (1:00 a.m. on December 31), you can report it by phoning Ferndale Police Department non-emergency at 248-541-3650.