Allegheny County Air Quality Program

Information regarding Open Burning in Allegheny County

  • Open burning is prohibited except by permit or when it is done in a manner which contributes a negligible amount of air contaminants meaning:
    • No material other than clean wood, propane, or natural gas may be burned EXCEPT
      for commercially available fire logs, paraffin logs, or wood pellets.
    • Paper or commercial smokeless fire starters for the purposes of starting a fire
    • Charcoal for the preparation of food only.
    • Fires may be no larger than 3' wide by 3' long by 2' high.
    • Fires must be at least 15' from the nearest neighbor's dwelling or inhabited area including the property line, roadway, sidewalk, or other public access area
  • All wood burning activities are prohibited on Air Quality Action days, with the exception
    of burning for the commercial preparation of food.
    • Sign up to be notified of Air Quality Action days by clicking here.
    • Burning may be considered a nuisance due to the severity of the amount of air pollutants, the duration or frequency of the burning, the topography of the
      surrounding, or the meteorological conditions.
  • Remember! Your local municipal ordinances may be equal to or more stringent than
    ACHD's regulations. Swissvale Borough follows all Allegheny County Guidelines.
  • Smokey fire? Nuisance burning? Call ACHD's 24-Hour Complaint Line at 412-687-2243
    or submit a complaint online: Air Quality Complaint Form.
  • For more information please visit the ACHD webpage regarding the Air Quality Program
    and Open Burning.