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Fire - Burn Permits

Updated Aug. 17, 2017

It is the policy of the Leavenworth Fire Department to investigate each report or complaint received. If burning is found to be in violation of the foregoing regulations, the fire shall be extinguished. 

City of Leavenworth residents may call 913-758-2980 to request a burn permit during the following hours:

TO REQUEST A PERMIT TO BURN: CALL 758-2980

REQUESTS ARE RECEIVED DURING THE FOLLOWING HOURS:

  • Monday – Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
  • Saturday – Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Permits shall be issued for the burning of brush and tree debris only.

A permit shall not be required to burn in:

  • A self-contained grill/smoker designed for food preparation
  • An approved incinerator (screen covered barrel, outdoor fireplace, etc.)

The following conditions apply:

  • Must be a minimum distance of 25’ from a structure and combustible material
  • Extinguishing agent must be readily available
  • There shall be no burning of construction waste/materials, or household rubbish, or any other material that upon combustion  may produce toxic smoke
  • Fire shall be constantly attended by a competent person and shall be completely extinguished before being left alone
  • Burning shall not cause or create dense smoke or offensive odor

 

**Safety measures shall not be waived and will be enforced**

 

NOTE: Per Sec. 54-93 of the City of Leavenworth Code of Ordinances, The emission or discharge of dense smoke into the open air within the corporate limits of the city so as to be offensive or noxious, or to annoy or produce inconvenience or damage to the surrounding property or the owners or occupants thereof, is hereby declared to be a public nuisance.

It is the policy of the Leavenworth Fire Department to investigate each report or complaint received. If burning is found to be in violation of the foregoing regulations, the fire shall be extinguished.

 

CONDITITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR BURN PERMIT:

  • Date, exact location and responsible person(s)
  • Safety measures shall include:
  1. Wind – Burning shall be prohibited and all issued permits voided when sustained wind speeds are in excess of 10 mph.
  2. Supervision – The permit holder shall ensure the burning is constantly supervised until extinguished.
  3. Extinguishing Equipment – Approved onsite fire extinguishing equipment or materials, such as a garden hose, water truck, extinguishers or other equipment as approved by the Fire Chief shall be on hand for immediate utilization.

REGULATIONS THAT MUST BE FOLLOWED TO ALLOW BURNING UNDER PERMIT ISSUED:

  1. Applicants for permit must be in legal control of the lot or parcel of land on which burning is to be done.
  2. Debris piles to be burned shall be no larger than 6’ in diameter and 4’ in height.
  3. No burning shall be done within 50’ of any structure or on the right of way or easement of or under any overhead lines.
  4. A garden hose and water supply or other fire extinguishing equipment as approved by the Chief or the Chief’s designee shall be on hand.
  5. There shall be no burning of tires, asphalt, roofing materials, or any other material that upon combustion may produce toxic smoke.
  6. Fire shall be constantly attended by a competent person and shall be completely extinguished before being left alone.
  7. Fire shall not be kindled or accelerated with any petroleum products (e.g. gasoline, kerosene, diesel fuel, charcoal lighter).
  8. No fire shall be kindled, under permit or otherwise, which in burning causes or creates a dense smoke or offensive odor.
  9. All burning matter shall be extinguished by 6:00 p.m. or sunset; whichever occurs first.