The Bay County Board of Commissioners has lifted the county-wide burn ban that was put in place after Hurricane Michael; however, the City of Panama City has an ordinance in place that addresses open burning year-round.
It is unlawful to burn any materials of any type within the City of Panama City without a permit from the Fire Chief. This includes household garbage, yard debris, construction materials, and/or any other combustible materials.
However, citizens are allowed to use commercially manufactured fire pits, chimineas, ect. that are designed and sold as outdoor fireplaces so long as they are used for their intended purposes and according to manufacturer's directions. The City understands that many people will want to use outdoor fireplaces as the weathers gets colder but urges citizens to use caution because the large amount of debris could create a dangerous situation.
The Panama City Fire Department can be reached at (850) 872-3059.