Battalion Chief Brian Patten is the City Fire Marshal and is charged with leading the Fire Prevention Bureau. He is tasked with fire code enforcement - ensuring a safer environment for us all. Brian has been in the fire service for many years and has worked both the paramedic and fire side of the business. He is well rounded and a perfect fit to lead the fire prevention bureau under the auspices of the Deputy Fire Chief, Andrew Engemann. Battalion Chief Patten is the main contact for fire prevention related issues, business inspections, new construction inspections, and other Fire Code related questions. To contact Battalion Chief Brian Patten, call 801-922-4512 or email
Recreational Fires are allowed in Pleasant Grove City.
When not prohibited by other laws or other officials having jurisdiction, and provided that a nuisance is not created, the following types of open burning are permissible without the necessity of securing a permit;
1. In devices for the primary purpose of preparing food, such as outdoor grills and fireplaces.
2. Campfires and fires used solely for recreational purposes, where such fires are under control of a responsible person 18 years or older.
3. In indoor fireplaces and residential solid fuel burning devices.
(R307-202-6 Utah Administrative Code)
Prior to burning:
1. Verify green burning conditions. The burn index can be found at http://www.whentoburn.com
2. Keep open fires 25 feet away from any structures or combustible materials.
3. Fires contained in an open improved barbeque pit or portable outdoor fireplace require a minimum of 15 feet of clearance from structures or combustible materials.
4. Fires must be constantly attended until fully extinguished.
5. 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.
6. Open burning, or recreational fires 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.
7. Fire must not be larger than 3 feet in diameter.
8. Burning of any material other than firewood, charcoal briquettes, propane or L.P. gas is prohibited.
9. Pleasant Grove Fire Department may order fires to be extinguished at any time.
Enjoy and Be Safe!
Burning of waste material is prohibited.
Burning weeds, grass, vines or other growth, is prohibited except during the permitted open burn season. (A Department of Air Quality issued burn permit is required)
Burning of accelerants such as gasoline, kerosene, lacquer thinner or other petroleum based products are prohibited.
Burning paper products of any kind is prohibited. Any material which may cause severe air pollution is prohibited.
Burning & Burn Permits
Open Burning Permits (garden trimmings)
The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued new rules for open burning for the 2015 burn season.
Open burning is regulated by the Division of Air Quality (DAQ). There are statewide rules in place that regulate open burning activities to help minimize emissions and ensure that the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) are met. Recent modifications to these rules change the open burn periods and include a statewide requirement to obtain a permit from the local fire department prior to burning.
Applicants that live in Pleasant Grove are required to complete the open burn permit application on the DAQ Website or here is the direct link to the form. After the application is completed and submitted, a copy of the application will be sent electronically to the Pleasant Grove Fire Department, now the permit is valid.
Residential burn season for Pleasant Grove City starts on March 30 and ends on May 30 and in the fall beginning September 15 thru October 30. Currently there is no charge for Burn Permits.
See the information below to obtain your permit or contact the fire department for assistance at 801 796-9496
There are three ways to complete the open burn permit application:
The open burn permit application can be completed online. Completing this form online is the easiest and fastest way to complete the open burn permit application. An electronic copy of the application is automatically submitted to the county or municipal fire authority upon completion.
An applicant can call the DAQ at 801-536-4000 and complete the open burn permit application process over the phone. A DAQ inspector will ask the applicant for the required information and complete the application in just a few minutes.
A hard copy of the application may be completed and submitted by mail to DAQ for electronic processing. To request a hard copy of the open burn permit application, contact DAQ by phone at 801-536-4000. Note: It may take up to 14 days from the date of request to receive an open burn permit if a hard copy is submitted for processing.
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In an effort to keep our community safe and maintain the beauty of our majestic mountains, please read and comply with the following important information about fireworks.
For your safety please comply with all of the safety recommendations and safety tips from manufacturers and retailers who sell fireworks. Read the instructions! Fireworks are fun, but don’t allow a devastating injury or a preventable fire to tarnish your celebration.
Sales and Discharge dates for Pleasant Grove City and the State of Utah
June 23- July 27
December 29- January 1
Two (2) days before and on the Chinese New Year’s Eve
Discharge Dates and Times
Note: fireworks can be discharged between the hours of 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. except as noted.
July 1- 7 (July 4, hours extended to midnight)
July 21-27 (July 24, hours extended to midnight)
December 31 (hours extended to 1 a.m. January 1)
Chinese New Year’s Eve (hours extended to 1 a.m. the following day)
Aerial fireworks sold in Utah retail stores are now legal. Aerial devices, also known as “multiple tube,” “repeater,” or “cake” fireworks often look like miniature professional displays and can travel high into the air, as much as 150 feet. Please Be Careful!
All firecrackers, M-80, cherry bombs, bottle rockets, Roman candles, single or reloadable mortars and ground salutes are illegal. Not only can you be arrested for the use of illegal fireworks, but you are responsible for any damages that occur from their use.
Fireworks Safety Guidelines
- You must be at least 16 years of age to handle or light fireworks.
- Fireworks need space from trees, carports, structures, power lines or other obstacles.
- New aerial fireworks are now lawful. Aerial or “cake” fireworks need to be on a firm, flat level surface and need at least a 30 foot clearance around on the ground and above in the air. Some need as much as 150 feet clearance in the air.
- Never place a body part above or around a burning firework. Never pickup or throw a burning firework and never look into the tube or stay close to the device during ignition.
- Do not alter, change or experiment with any firework device and do not allow others to violate the law.
- Should a firework misfire or not light, do not attempt to re-ignite. Let the firework cool for 30 minutes then place in a bucket of water.
- Do not ignite fireworks in windy conditions.
- Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
- Several children in Utah are burned each year by sparklers. The tip of a sparkler burns at a temperature of more than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, hot enough to cause serious burns that may require hospitalization.
- Children under the age of 12 should not use sparklers without very close adult supervision. Never hold or light more than one sparkler at a time.
- Teach children to hold a sparkler at arm’s length from their body and not to wave sparklers or run while holding sparklers. Stand at least 6 feet from another person while using sparklers.
- After a firework display, children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over, they may still be active.
- Use caution with animals. Excitement, noise and bright flashing lights can cause fear and stress to them.
Fireworks are an American tradition. Safety and common sense is extremely important as we celebrate the holidays with fireworks. Shooting fireworks can provide hours of wholesome family entertainment, but must be used carefully and safely. Please contact the Pleasant Grove Fire Department at 801 796-9496 with any fireworks related questions.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I request a fire inspection?
Request 24-48 hours in advance by calling 801-922-4512, Monday thru Thursday.
Is there any cost associated with a fire inspection?
There is no cost for inspections.
Does the Fire Department do residential construction inspections?
Not as a rule, but we will perform an inspection on request of the home owner.
How do I submit commercial construction plans and how does the plan review process work?
Plans shall be submitted through the Community Development Department electronically with a set designated “Fire Department”. After the review and approval process, permits will be issued and construction may begin.
What are the required systems testing that the Fire Department must witness?
All acceptance testing per the International Fire Code to include underground piping, sprinkler systems, alarm systems, fire pump etc.
What about sprinkler plans and alarm plans?
Plans should be submitted to a 3rd Party Fire Engineering Company for review. After review and approval, the plans will be stamped and returned to the sender, if requested.
Approved 3rd Party Reviewers
1. PCI (Protection Consultants Inc.)
Bob Goodloe (801)295-6070 Ext 4
1199 South Main Street
Centerville, Utah 84014
2. Superior Fire Protection Services (801) 228-7656
5406 West 11000 North STE 103 #510
Highland, Utah 84003
3. Van Boerum & Frank Associates Inc. (801) 530-3148
330 South 300 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
4. Craig Blue PE Inc. (801) 913-3473
1971 West 3300 South, Suite A
It is the intent of the City to encourage business activities in appropriate commercial districts. Business activities may be conducted within a residence on a limited basis provided that the proposed activity complies with the standards and provisions herein. All home occupations including Day Care and Pre-Schools shall be secondary and incidental to the residential use of the structure. All home occupation activities shall occur completely within the residential structure and not out of doors or in any accessory building, such as a garage.
These Codes are a combination of the City Code, the International Building code, the International Fire Code and State Amendments to those codes.
Home Occupation Permit Fees: Please visit with Community Development.