Residential Burn Permit Guidelines

  • Burning shall not be started prior to 0700.
  • Burning after dark is prohibited.
  • Permits are not transferable.
  • Must call prior to ignition.
  • Permits shall be revoked if provisions are not met.
  • The burning of toxic materials, noxious matter, roofing materials, treated lumber, petroleum based products, etc. or any other materials considered hazardous shall not be allowed under any circumstances.
  • Burns shall not be conducted under any type of overhead service.
  • Burn piles shall be limited to a manageable size (8 feet by 8 feet maximum height of 5 feet)
  • Only one pile may be burned at a time.
  • Means to control and or extinguish the fire shall be maintained on site at all times.
  • Provisions shall be made to prevent fire spread.
  • Fire must be a minimum of 50 feet from any public roadway.
  • The fire must be attended at all times by a competent person until the fire is extinguished (put out, quenched, or smothered).
  • Fire in approved containers shall be a minimum of 25 feet from any structure.
  • The permit shall become void and all burning shall cease when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous.
  • Fires must be extinguished if any complaints are received from residents or business within the area or the vicinity of the burn.
  • In the event of damage to property of others the permit holder accepts full responsibility and liability for all charges resulting from the burn. (Smoke, fire ash, or particulate matter)
  • Bonfires and similar activities should be strictly monitored and considered only on a case by case basis.
  • Before burn permits are issued all residents should be informed of the city’s rubbish pick-up and disposal policy.
  • A copy of the permit must be maintained at the burn location.

To inquire about a residential burn permit, call the Fire Department at 334-705-5300.