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Chimineas & Fire Pits
Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District
850 Barrett Avenue
Louisville, KY  40204

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Ph: (502) 574-6000
Fx: (502) 574-5607

Air Pollution Control District

In Jefferson County, Louisville Air Pollution Control District oversees open burning and the issuing of permits.

To answer all of "Your Burning Questions" visit the Air Pollution Control District.

Chimineas & Fire Pits
A chiminea is a device, usually made of some type of clay or ceramic material and designed for small fires. These small fireplaces usually have a short chimney of some kind.

According the APCD, a fire pit is “. . . an acceptable permanent or portable outdoor receptacle or device that meets certain specifications.” Fire pits must consist of non-combustible materials. They must be of a size that a fire no larger than 3 feet tall by 3 feet wide by 3 feet long can be burned at any one time.

The APCD also provides these basic safety requirements for fire pits: The fire pit should not be placed on a wooden deck, other combustible surface or on a balcony.

  • The State Fire Code says the fire pit should be located at least 50 feet away from buildings, property lines or combustible materials.
  • Only clean, dry firewood should be used; no accelerant, no yard waste or debris and no trash of any kind should be burned.
  • The fire should be attended by a responsible adult at all times.
  • Do not burn if the wind speed is 15 mph or higher.
  • The fire pit should have a screen or spark arrestor.
  • Always have a water supply handy to put the fire out if necessary.

10416 Watterson Trail   |   Jeffersontown, KY 40299   |   Ph: (502) 267-8333   |   Fx: (502) 267-0547
10416 Watterson Trail   |   Jeffersontown, KY 40299   |   Ph: (502) 267-8333   |   Fx: (502) 267-0547