Burning Permits

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Residential Landscape Debris Burning

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Residential landscape debris burning of dead vegetation is allowed during certain times of the year and in certain parts of the state. However, always check with your local fire station or DNR Forestry office before burning. Burn permits are required whenever there is less than 3 inches of snow cover. During dry periods, DNR will suspend burning all together.

Before you get started

Obtain a burning permit from a DNR forestry office, any fire warden, or purchase online. After obtaining necessary permits, ensure that burning is not restricted by your municipality. Burning without a permit is a misdemeanor offense and has a maximum penalty of up to 90 days in jail, $1,000 fine, or both.

How to safely burn landscape debris

What can be burned?

Dry leaves, plant clippings, brush, and clean untreated-unpainted wood can be burned as long as weather conditions do not pose a fire hazard. No household trash, garbage, or treated lumber can be burned outdoors at residences. Seek out alternatives for debris burning such as taking your debris to a yard waste facility, or by recycling or composting it.

Don't burn your garbage

Contact your county solid waste office to learn about local alternatives to backyard burning of residential trash. Find local services

When can you burn?

Burning can only be done when allowed. Burn permits are only valid after daily activation. Check online or contact your local DNR forestry office to find out if burning is allowed.