Beach Bonfires

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THE PERMIT:

The schedule of fees for the beach bonfire permit shall be established through local ordinances and  resolutions as described below:
  • $50 shall be remitted to SWFD per SWFD Beach Bonfire Ordinance 2010-02 and SWFD Resolution 10-10 (effective date 2010)
  • $50 shall be remitted to Walton County per Walton County Code of Ordinances Chapter 22 and Resolution 2021-27 (effective date 2021)
  • The total fee per beach bonfire shall be $100.00 cash/check or $105.00 for credit card payments ($5 Credit card processing fee).
  • Both fees shall be collected by SWFD.
PERMIT INFORMATION:
  • Permits can be obtained for any South Walton beach public access, and are first come, first served.
  • Most of our locations have a limit on the quantity of bonfires each night.
  • Applicants wishing to obtain a permit for a private location must have and present written permission from the property owner during the application process.
  • The person obtaining the permit must be present during the hours of the bonfire.
  • The approved bonfire permit must be presented upon request of a Fire Official, Law Enforcement Officer, or Walton County Code Compliance Officer.
  • The South Walton Fire District reserves the right to check for permit compliance at any time.
  • Authorized permits are limited to 29 people or less.
  • Gatherings on the beach of 30 people or more will be required to provide an approved special event permit from Walton County prior to obtaining a bonfire permit.

AGE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Participants under the age of 18 must be chaperoned by an adult EIGHTEEN (18) years of age or older.
  • FOR SUCH GROUPS, THE PERMIT WILL ONLY BE ISSUED TO THE CHAPERONE.
  • Children should be accompanied by an adult at all times when near a recreational fire.

WEATHER:

  • Unsuitable wind or weather conditions must be taken into consideration prior to and during the actual bonfire; adverse conditions may cause the revocation of this permit.
  • Refunds or rainchecks are not granted on the permits, so please plan your bonfire event carefully.

SETUP AND MATERIAL:
  • Flammable and/or combustible liquids must not be utilized for fueling the bonfires.
  • Use paper and matches rather than lighter fluid/gasoline to ignite your fire.
  • Bonfire material must not consist of salt treated lumber, tar paper, contents containing any rubber products, creosote treated lumber, glue impregnated material, plastic, foam, and household trash.
  • All burn material shall be free of nails/ metals.
  • Bonfire material must be placed in a metal burn barrel or tub.
  • Keep minimum of (3) feet clearance from the outer edge of the barrel at all times.
  • Material should be stacked no higher than four (4) feet.
  • Servicing of the bonfire site will be accomplished by hand carrying the equipment and supplies to the site.
  • Vehicles shall not service the bonfire site (unless you have a beach vehicle permit).
SITE REQUIREMENTS:
  • Bonfires must be at least 100 feet away from habitable structures and a minimum of 50 feet away from vehicles, public roads, other structures, plants and vegetation.
EXTINGUISHMENT:
  • Upon completion of the bonfire, all ashes and leftover material must be thoroughly wet down and removed from the beach.
  • Material and/or hot ashes shall not be buried in the sand or disposed of in a trash dumpster.
  • Keep a garden hose, bucket of water or other extinguishing device nearby.
CLEAN UP AND RESTORATION:
  • Cleanup and restoration of the site must be completed by the expiration date and time set forth by this permit.
  • The person obtaining the permit is responsible for providing the trash bags, removing of the trash and placing all the trash in the proper containers.
PENALTIES:
  • Persons that light a beach bonfire without a permit are in violation of SWFD and Walton County Ordinances. Penalties for this violation are as follows:
  • First Violation - $200.00
  • Second Violation - $300.00
  • Third and Subsequent Violations - Fine up to $500.00 and/or up to 60 days in jail.
SWFD Ordinance 2010-02 / Walton County Ordinance 2003-07.


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Bonfire Permit Requests


If you need assistance with this process our Administrative office is open Monday through Friday, between 8am and 4pm
 
South Walton Fire District
911 N County Highway 393
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
850-267-1307

Email: beachbonfire@swfd.org
 

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