Outdoor Fires are not allowed on University property without permission of the campus office providing fire control and adherence to the guidelines and procedures set forth below.
Note: This is the minimum set of procedures that must be followed. These are subject to change without advance notice and may be affected by current environmental conditions at the time of request. Anyone applying for a permit will be provided with a current fact sheet and guidelines.
- Common sense approaches to creating open fires must be used.
- Persons requesting permission for open burning shall submit the proper form (see Forms) or contact their campus’ responsible office (see Additional Contacts) at least 10 working days before the event.
- Fires shall not be located within 50 feet of a structure.
- Accelerants such as gasoline, diesel fuel, or kerosene shall not be used to kindle a fire.
- Charcoal lighter fluid may be used on wood before the fire is lit. It may not be sprayed on flames.
- Only wood provided by or approved by the appropriate campus department may be used for a fire.
- Running, dancing and horseplay shall not be allowed within 10 feet of an open fire.
- Fires shall not be left unattended.
- Fire watchers may be required.
- Fire extinguishers located with fire watchers may be required.
- All fires will be completely extinguished and cold before the fire watch ends.
- Any office of authority may order the extinguishment of any fire on Indiana University campus deemed to be unsafe.
- Participants shall obey the lawful orders of a responding fire department.
Note: Individual campuses may have additional procedures and guidelines that may be more restrictive. Anyone applying for a permit will be provided with a current fact sheet and guidelines.
Excluded locations for permitting (all rules are applicable) are campfire locations at Bradford Woods and Judson Mead Geologic Field Station.
Obtaining permits is limited to IU employees and students. Permit page
Specific offices with jurisdiction
Office of Insurance, Loss Control & Claims
Dean of Students
Office of Insurance, Loss Control & Claims
Applicable State Code
307.1.1 Discontinuance. The fire chief is authorized to require open burning be immediately discontinued if such open burning constitutes a hazardous condition.
307.2 Notification. Prior to commencement of open burning, the fire department having jurisdiction shall be notified. Note: This is accomplished at IUB through the fire permit process.
307.2.1 Material restrictions. Open burning of rubbish is prohibited.
307.4 Location. The location for open burning shall not be
less than 50 feet (15 240 mm) from any structure, and provisions
shall be made to prevent the fire from spreading to
within 50 feet (15 240 mm) of any structure.
1. Fires in approved containers that are not less than 15 feet (4572 mm) from a structure.
2. The minimum required distance from a structure shall be 25 feet (7620 mm) where the pile size is 3 feet (914 mm) or less in diameter and 2 feet (610 mm) or less in height.
307.4.1 Bonfires. A bonfire shall not be conducted within 50 feet (15 240 mm) of a structure or combustible material unless the fire is contained in a barbecue pit. Conditions which could cause a fire to spread within 50 feet (15 240 mm) of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition. 307.4.2 Recreational fires. Recreational fires shall not be conducted within 25 feet (7620 mm) of a structure or combustible material. Conditions which could cause a fire to spread within 25 feet (7620 mm) of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.
307.4.3 Portable outdoor fireplaces. Portable outdoor fireplaces shall be used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and shall not be operated within 15 feet (3048 mm) of a structure or combustible material.
307.5 Attendance. Burning material shall be constantly attended by a person knowledgeable in the use of the fire extinguishing equipment required by this section and familiar with any limitations which restrict open burning. An attendant shall supervise the burning material until the fire has been extinguished.
Outdoor Fire: Any type of open flame outdoors, including campfires, bonfires, and fire pits of any kind. This does not include charcoal or propane grills or smokers, and does not include approved maintenance procedures.
A non–permitted fire may be extinguished by authorities. Those responsible for the fire are subject to discipline through the appropriate university offices.
This was established as a policy on October 27, 2011.
Last reviewed: 11-1-2015 and combined into omnibus policy FIN-INS-16.