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Codes & Ordinances

The Risk Reduction Bureau of Gainesville Fire Rescue is charged by City Ordinance, Chapter 10: Fire Prevention and Protection, to conduct fire inspections in the City of Gainesville. The City of Gainesville is the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), as mandated by Florida Statute 633 to complete fire inspections.  Florida Statute 633 also gives the AHJ the ability to charge for these mandatory inspections.  The Uniform Fire Code which is adopted by the State of Florida and is part of the Florida Fire Prevention Code, Section, gives the AHJ authority to conduct and inspect, at reasonable times, any building or premises for dangerous or hazardous conditions as set forth by the code.

Open Burning
Per City of Gainesville Municipal Code, Chapter 10: Fire Prevention and Protection, Article VI: Open and Outdoor Burning, the only open burning allowed in the City of Gainesville is for cooking, such as barbecue grills, smokers, or other devices designed specifically for that purpose.  (See below for using cooking devices on balonies.) Agriculture, forest operations, or land-clearing burns may also be authorized with a permit under certain conditions.   For questions regarding burning in the City of Gainesville, please call the Risk Reduction Bureau at 352-334-5065.  For burn permits outside the city limits, contact the Division of Forestry at 955-2010.

 Grills on Balconies
The current code reference for grills on balconies from the Florida Fire Prevention Code (2009) reads as follows: FFPC (2009): NFPA 1: "For other than one- and two-family dwellings, no hibachi, gas-fired grills, charcoal grills or other similar devices used for cooking, heating, or any other purpose, shall be used or kindled on any balcony or under any overhanging portion or within 10 feet (3 meters) of any structure."


Link to City of Gainesville Municipal Code

Link to 2009 Florida Fire Prevention Code

Link to 2012 Florida Statutes, Chapter 633: Fire Prevention and Control

Alachua County Fire Marshal

Florida Division of Forestry