Effective Date: April 21, 2021
All open burning requires a permit from the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District.
Open burning is the burning of materials where smoke is emitted directly into the atmosphere without passing through a stack or chimney from an enclosed chamber with an aperture, duct, or flue necessary to provide combustion air and control the emitting gases into the air. This does not include road flares, smudge-pots, and similar devices or recreational fires or the use of portable outdoor fireplaces.
Fire for the purposes of cooking, warmth, religious, pleasure, ceremonial or other special purposes shall be defined as a Recreational Fire.
IFC 307.1.1 Open burning shall be prohibited when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous.
Burn Barrels are permitted in conjunction with opening burning. Burn Barrels are NOT allowed on parcels that are smaller than .50 acres in accordance with regulations for open burning.
A permit is NOT required from the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District for recreational fires at one-, two-, and multi-family dwellings.
A recreational fire is an outdoor fire where materials other than rubbish are being burned and it is not contained in an incinerator, outdoor fireplace, portable outdoor fireplace, barbeque grill or barbeque pit or fire ring. The Fire Code defines a recreational fire as being intended for cooking, warmth, religious, pleasure, ceremonial or other special purposes. A recreational fire shall not have a total fuel area greater than 3 feet in diameter and must be 2 feet or less in height.
IFC 307.4.2 Recreational fires shall not be conducted within 25 feet of a structure or combustible material. Conditions that could cause a fire to spread within 25 feet of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.
IFC 307.5 Attendance. Open burning, recreational fires and use of portable outdoor fireplaces shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished. 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, garden hose or water truck, shall be available for immediate utilization.
Fuel source must be no larger than 3' wide x 2' high; cannot be conducted within 25 feet of a structure or combustible material.
A permit is NOT required from the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District for the use of outdoor fireplaces or fire pits at one- and two-family dwellings.
IFC 307.4.3 Portable outdoor fireplaces. Portable outdoor fireplaces shall be used in accordance with the manufactures instructions and shall not be operated within 15 feet of a structure or combustible material.
Exception: Portable outdoor fireplaces used at one- and two-family dwellings.
IFC 307.5 Attendance. Open burning, recreational fires and use of portable outdoor fireplaces shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished. 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, garden hose or water truck, shall be available for immediate utilization.
Must be used according to manufacturer's specification and cannot be used within 15 feet of a structure or combustible material. Exception - Portable Outdoor Fireplaces used at one- and two-family dwellings.
No larger than 3' wide x 2' high inside diameter; cannot be constructed within 25 feet of a structure or combustible material.
Green waste can be disposed of year-round at one of the Waste Management Drop-off locations.
Washoe County residential customers who are current with their bill may dispose of one standard pickup truck with municipal solid waste four (4) times a year at no cost. Customers may utilize this service any day and time during normal business hours at the Stead Transfer Station, at the Commercial Row Transfer Station or the Lockwood Landfill.
Bulk waste pick-up is available at your home on an optional basis and charged at a per yard rate that is found in the rate table.
Excess waste contained in a 32-gallon bag, box or bundle (not to exceed 3’ x 3’ x 3’ or 50 pounds) can be placed at the curb for collection, using one of the excess waste stickers. A sticker must accompany each 32-gallon bag, box or bundle. If customers regularly exceed the trash cart limit, customers should consider adding an additional cart to their service or purchasing additional stickers. Call customer service at 775.329.8822, to add another cart or to purchase more stickers.
You can place your green waste in your garbage cart. If you have excess green waste, you can place a 32-gallon bag at the curb with one of your excess waste stickers. If you have a large amount of green waste, it can be disposed of at one of the two transfer stations or the Lockwood Landfill.
You may also add an additional waste or recycling cart(s) to your service for a fee by calling customer service at (775) 329-8822.
All fireworks are illegal in Washoe County.
Possession, use, and/or the sale of fireworks is a violation of the Fire Code. Any fire started (ignited) by fireworks that causes, threatens, and/or damages life and/or property is a violation of the Fire Code, Nevada Revised Statutes, and could be subject to felony arson charges.
Illegal possession or use of fireworks can result in fines up to $1,000 and/or up to six months in jail for each offense. In addition, the cost of suppression, and any other injury or liability cause by fireworks, are the direct responsibility of those persons using fireworks.
Sky lanterns are defined as any unmanned device with a fuel source that incorporates an open flame in order to make the device airborne.
The use of sky lanterns is prohibited by the Truckee Meadows Fire Code and Nevada Revised Statutes.
IFC 308.1.6.3 Sky lanterns. Sky lanterns are prohibited.
NRS 475.030 Throwing burning cigarette or other material from moving vehicle; willful or negligent placing of burning materials; penalty.