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Oklahoma State University

Open Flame Safety

Any use of open flame on University property, with the exception of grills and cutting torches, shall require an open burn permit. The use of candles and open flames is not allowed in campus buildings, on university grounds, or in association with university-sponsored events or functions; exceptions can be requested through the University Fire Marshal. 

Open Burn Permit:

In accordance with the requirements of the International Fire Code (Sec. F-403.4.2), written permission is required before the ignition of any open burning upon state owned property. The following is a list of activities that require an Open Burn Permit:

  • Recognized range of wildfire management practices or prevention to control disease or pests. (Burn Plan is also required)
  • Providing heat for outdoor workers.
  • Bonfires and indoor religious ceremonies and/or activities involving open flames and/or candles/incense.

Application must be made in writing at least ten (10) working days prior to the date of event.

Open Burn Permit Application

Grill Permits:

Any use of portable grills on university property shall require a grill permit.  Applications for a grill permit shall be submitted at least 2 business days prior to the grilling event. The use of fixed/installed grills does not require a grill permit.

Portable grills must be operated no closer than 20 feet from any university building or combustible materials. All grills, installed and portable, shall be monitored at all times until they are cool to the touch. Portable grills shall be placed on a non-combustible surface; e.g. asphalt, cement, gravel.

A portable fire extinguisher is required to be present at the grill site, and readily accessible for use. Do not remove any installed portable fire extinguisher from any building!

Do not place hot coals into trash cans or dumpsters.

Grilling Permit Application

Hot Work:

Any work on campus that will produce sparks or is accomplished using open flame shall require a hot work permit. Requests for hot work permits shall be submitted at least 24 hours in advance through the Facilities Management Customer Portal.

The following Information must be provided at the time of request:

  • Location of hot work
  • Date and Time permit is required
  • Point of Contact with phone number

Emergency request for hot work permits will be handled on a case by case basis.