Burn permits may be obtained online or at any Sedgwick County Fire Station. Please know your burning address/jurisdiction and choose accordingly. For questions please contact the Sedgwick County Fire Prevention Division at 316-660-3473.
All commercial businesses or townships must also complete the Open Burn Approval Application Form and mail to the address on the form prior to any open burn.
Burn Permit Requirements
- The applicant is in legal control of the lot or parcel of land as herein described.
- Burning will be attended continuously by a competent person of legal age from the time of ignition to the time of extinguishment.
- Burning will not be permitted if the wind speed exceeds 15 miles per hour.
- a) FOR FIELD FIRES: a fire break (plowed or disked) of at least 20 feet on all sides of the area to be burned shall be provided.
b) FOR NON-FIELD FIRES: adequate clearance shall be provided from readily combustible materials (example: grass to be mowed) with material(s) to be burned located a minimum of 100 feet from any structure and 10 feet from any property line.
- Burning shall not create a smoke nuisance or hazard to neighboring properties or persons. Precautions shall be taken to assure confinement, intensity and size of said burn.
- Burning of any heavy smoke-producing material is strictly prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: rubber tires, plastics, roofing, tar paper, old furniture, garbage, cloth or any petroleum base product.
- A garden hose or other fire extinguishing equipment must be available at the burn location.
- Burning shall be conducted one hour after sunrise to one hour before sunset (except agriculture and other specifically approved fires).
- This permit will be in the possession of the person doing the burning, for immediate inspection.
- There is no charge for agricultural or open burns.
- Removal of stubble remaining from crops after harvest or from crops rendered useless due to destruction caused by severe weather or the infestation of insects or disease.
- Removal of brush and tree trimmings and any other vegetative materials when done to control invasions of hedge row brush on crop lands (example: trimming the hedge-row brush between farm fields).
- Removal of hedge row brush for land clearing operations.
- Removal of tree trimmings from commercial orchards.
- Burning combustible waste material from residential or commercial construction projects which is from the permit location.
- Burning brush and tree trimmings on residential or commercial property which is from the permit location.
- Burning that is considered to be necessary and in the public's interest as determined on a case-by-case basis (roadway clearings, salvage operations, structures, etc).
- Burning cut trees, vegetation or lumber for recreational enjoyment, commonly know as a "bonfire."