Fire Risk & Burn Permits

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About Burn Permits

Burn permits are issued from early October, weather dependent, through May 31st.  Extensions may be issued by the Fire Marshal's Office if moisture levels permit. From July to September, no burn permits are issued and all outdoor burning is closed with the exception of campfires. Even through we live in a beautiful green area and are surrounded by water, there is still a very real fire danger during the summer and fall.


Residential Burn Permits 

Residential Burn Permits During the open burning season, permits are required for residential and commercial-size burn piles.  Residential burns may be up to ten-feet in diameter.  

Permits cost $20 and are valid from October through May.  

Commercial Burn Permits

Residential Burn PermitsCommercial permits are needed for larger burns.  A water supply and heavy equipment - such as an excavator - are required to be on scene.  Commercial permits cost $300 for mail-in/check payments.  A $7.50 convenience fee is added to credit or debit card payments.  Commercial burn permits are valid for 30 days from the date of issue.

PLEASE NOTE: All commercial burn permits require inspection prior to issuance and ignition. Application submittal of burn permit in the portal is not permission to burn or proof of a valid permit.