Boston Fire Prevention Code (Article XI)
Article XI: Fires in the Open
Section 15.01 - Permit Required
(a) No person shall set, maintain or increase a fire in the open without obtaining a permit. Permits may be issued for periods not to exceed one year.
(b) The following classes of permits may be issued:
(i) Open Burning for Cooking Purposes
(ii) Flame-making Implements
(iii) Open Burning of Combustible Materials
(iv) Incinerators in the Open
(c) Any fire set or maintained under the authority of the permit shall be extinguished when 1) the fire would violate air pollution standards for the City of Boston; 2) wind velocity exceeds 15 m.p.h.; 3) fire hazard conditions are high or extreme; 4) a fire is not supervised or controlled in a responsible manner or 5) any combination of the above factors would make an open fire hazardous.
(d) Acceptance of a permit shall constitute an agreement on the part of the person to whom it is issued to indemnify and save harmless the City of Boston from any damage it may sustain or liability it may incur toward the third persons by reason of the issuance of the permit or any action taken thereunder.
(e) Violation of any applicable law, ordinance, regulation or any condition contained therein shall render the permit void.
(f) Fires shall at all times be under the personal supervision of the permit holder or another adult person acting under his direction who shall remain at the location of the fire until the fire is thoroughly extinguished. All fires must be extinguished at dates and times specified in the permit .
(g) No fire set or maintained under the authority of a permit shall be within 100 feet of another fire in the open, within 30 feet of any building or structure or within 30 feet of any combustible rubbish, wood, debris, trees, standing piles of lumber, combustible fibers, leaves, branches, grass or similar material.
(h) The permit holder shall have the premises equipped with fire hose sufficiently long to reach the fire. The hose shall be connected to an adequate water supply with water in the hose ready for immediate use at all times while the fire is burning, or such arrangements for firefighting as specified in the permit which may include the assignment of a paid fire detail.
Section 15.02 - Class I Permits - Open Burning for Cooking Purposes
Class I permits may be issued to a responsible adult, to be exercised at a prescribed location for a specified period for open burning cooking purposes. Spark arrestors shall be provided when the fuel used may give off embers. Such permits shall not authorize fires contrary to restrictions in the Regulations of Air Pollution Control Commission of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the City of Boston.