Welcome to the Town of Colonie Department of Building and Fire Services. The Fire Services Division performs various inspections related to New York State Building Code and enforces the Open Burning Policy for the Town of Colonie.
Emergency Access Systems
The Town of Colonie has recognized the importance of providing the Town's
Emergency Services rapid entry into locked buildings. An Emergency Access
Systems law provides for the placement in secured, locked containers
of keys to important areas within a structure and information that may
be vital and necessary to the health, safety and welfare of the occupants
and responding emergency crews. For detailed information about the requirements
for keybox placement, please click here.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is open burning allowed in the
Town of Colonie?
TOWN OF COLONIE OPEN BURNING
In researching the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building
Code, Section 1191.2c, "Outdoors Fires", and the Environmental Conservation
Law, 6 NYCRR, Part 215, entitled "Open Burning" with the Albany County
Health Department, we find nothing in either Code to restrict small
fires for the purpose of cooking food or recreation provided that
the fireplace, pit, grill, etc., meets the following conditions:
1. The fire does not generate smoke or noxious emissions which would
interfere with the reasonable enjoyment of life (neighbors may have
allergies, asthma, etc.);
2. It is not a source of ignition to any nearby combustibles;
3. It is attended at all times;
4. Some type of grate, etc., be on the fireplace, grill, pit, etc.,
5. A suitable fire extinguisher be readily available (hose, pail of
6. Clean wood only is to be used as fuel, no pressure treated, painted
or chemically treated wood is allowed;
7. Prohibited items such as leaves, brush, garbage, refuse, wooden
pallets, construction debris, cardboard, or any type of combustible
or flammable liquids are not to be used for fuel;
8. Fire is to be completely extinguished when finished.
With regard to medium or large "open burning" or "bon fires" for either
residential or commercial applications, a burn permit must be obtained
from the Albany County Health Department which enforces the New York
State Department of Environmental Conservation Law, 6 NYCRR, Part
215, entitled "Open Burning by Permit Only".
If you have any questions, contact our office at 783-2712 or 783-2706.
2. How do I dispose of household hazardous
Please contact the Town of Colonie Landfill directly at 783-2826 or refer to the manufacturer's product label for disposal instructions.