Open Burning

No Open Burning

Open burning is prohibited throughout the city of Coralville.

Outdoor Fire Pits & Fireplaces

The only open burning allowed in Coralville are recreational fires using either:
  • Purchased outdoor fire pits or fireplaces constructed of steel, brick, or masonry, and used following the manufacturer’s instructions. 
  • A built-in-place outdoor fire pit or fireplace pre-approved by the Fire Chief or his designee, and constructed of steel, brick, or masonry,


When using an outdoor fire pit or fireplace, these requirements must be followed at all times:
  • Placement: No outdoor fire pit/fireplace shall be operated within 15 feet of a structure or combustible material. 
  • Wood: Only dry fire wood or commercial logs may be burned.
  • Lid: Outdoor fires must be completely contained by wire mesh, including a wire mesh cover or lid to prevent flying embers. The wire mesh must have openings no more than a ¼ inch, and the lid or mesh cover must be in place unless wood is being added to the fire. 
  • Adult: Recreational fires must be constantly attended by at least one adult until the fire is extinguished. 
  • Fire extinguisher: A minimum of one portable fire extinguisher with a minimum 4-A rating or other approved on-site fire-extinguishing equipment, such as dirt, sand, water barrel, or garden hose, shall be on site and available for immediate use. 
  • Smell, smoke, and hazards: Open burning that is offensive or objectionable because of smoke or odor emissions when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous are prohibited. 

Commercial Buildings

Contact the fire department for additional rules if fire pit is located at a commercial building.


When it comes to open flame cooking devices, the following rules are requirements for apartments, condos, and town houses, and good practice for one and two-family dwellings:
  • Charcoal burners and other open-flame cooking devices shall not be operated on wood decks or other combustible balconies.
  • Do not grill within 10 feet of combustible construction, such as siding, deck railings, eaves, and overhanging branches.
  • Where buildings, balconies and decks are protected by an automatic sprinkler system. 
  • LP-gas cooking devices having an LP-gas container with a water capacity not greater than 2.5 pounds [nominal 1 pound LP-gas capacity]