The following is a very basic overview of the open burning regulations for the Village of Seville and Guilford Township.  More specific regulations can be found in the Ohio Fire Code and the Seville Village Ordinance Manual. 


General Provisions:


  • A permit is required for nearly all fires in the township or village
  • Small cooking fires (approximately 2 ft. high X 3 ft. wide) do not require a permit.  Please keep in mind that putting a hot dog on a stick at a bonfire does not constitute a cooking fire
  • Fires must not be objectionable due to smoke conditions or atmospheric conditions
  • Unattended fires are NOT permitted.  An adult must attend to all approved fires.
  • A suitable fire extinguisher or extinguishing agent must be present ( hose, dirt, etc.)
  • There shall be NO trash, rubber, grease, asphalt, hazardous materials or petroleum based products.  This includes plastics, wiring, insulation, etc.
  • Per Ohio Fire Code 1301:7-7-03 (307.3) “The fire code official is authorized to order the extinguishment by the permit holder, another person responsible or the fire department of open burning that creates or adds to a hazardous or objectionable situation”


Village of Seville Provisions:


An EPA permit is required for nearly all fires within the limits of Seville, and within 1000 feet of the limits.  Exceptions:  Cooking fires, welding, highway flares, acetylene torches, smudge pots, heating tar and similar occupational needs.  See Seville Municipal Code.


Ceremonial fires may be issued a permit under the following conditions:

1.      Less than 5 feet by 5 feet and burn less than 3 hours

2.      Not to be used for waste disposal

3.      Fuel used shall minimize emissions and air contaminants


Permits may be issued for Disposal of Agricultural Waste under the following conditions:

1.      The fire does not create a visibility hazard on the roadways, railroad tracks, or airfields

2.      The fire is located at a point on the premises not less than 1000 feet from any inhabited building not located on the premises

3.      It meets the above listed general provision requirements NOTE: Must notify EPA in advance


Guilford Township Provisions: (if within 1000 feet of Village of Seville, see Seville Provisions)

Above listed general provisions will apply


Agricultural waste fires and residential waste fires consisting of brush, wood, leaves, grass, and similar materials generated on the property that are 1000 feet from a neighbor’s inhabited building DO NOT require a permit.



  • Not less than 50 feet from any structure, with provisions to prevent the fire from spreading to within 50 feet. 
  • Not less than 15 feet from any structure if in approved containers
  • Not less than 25 feet from a structure if the pile size is 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height


To Obtain a Permit


Permit applications may be obtained at the fire station during normally staffed hours of 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., 7-days a week.  Permits may also be submitted via email to either Chief Winkler or Capt. Lloyd at the following addresses: or   There is no charge for permits, and they may be approved for a range of dates to allow for weather considerations.


Please contact the Fire Chief or Fire Prevention Bureau if you have any questions (330-769-4112)