According to the City of Southfield, a permit must be obtained from the fire code official prior to organizing a bonfire. Application for such a permit can only be presented by – and permits issued to – the owner of the land upon which the fire is to be kindled. A bonfire shall not be conducted within 50 feet of a structure or combustible material, unless the fire is contained in a barbeque pit. Conditions which could cause a fire to spread within 50 feet of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition. The permit cost is $200 per event. Consultation with the dean of students is required.