Open Burning Permits

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To ensure that fires are properly managed, the City of Plymouth requires a permit for open fires. You will need to get an open burning permit from the Plymouth Fire Department if you want to have any fire that exceeds 3’ x 3’ and is not classified as a recreational fire.

Open burn permits are required year-round. Allow at least two business days for your permit application to be processed. Once a permit is issued, it is only valid for one week. The permit fee is $100.

Permits are issued at the Fire Department’s administrative office, located on the second floor of the Public Safety Building, 3400 Plymouth Blvd. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The application below provides detail on open burning permit requirements.

Open Burning Permit Application (PDF)

Recreational Fires in Plymouth
Recreational fires are permitted in Plymouth, provided that certain requirements are met. Please use caution and follow the requirements below.

  • Recreational fire sites include in-ground or above ground pits, fire rings, portable fire pits, bowls, chimineas and other approved wood burning devices. Natural gas or propane devices are not considered recreational fires.
  • Fires shall be 3-feet or less in diameter and 3-feet or less in height. Fires shall be contained within a fire ring, pit or similar device constructed for such use.
  • MN State Fire Code Section 307.4.2 states that fires shall not be located within 25-feet of any structure (including house, garage, decks, sheds, etc.). The area within a 5-foot radius and directly above and below the fire shall be clear of combustible materials.
  • The wood to be burned shall be clean, non-treated wood at least 1 inch in diameter and produce little detectable smoke or odor. Flammable or combustible liquids, yard waste (branches, twigs, sticks, leaves or grass), garbage, recycling, plastic, furniture, construction materials or treated wood shall not be burned or used as starting materials.
  • Fire extinguishing equipment shall be readily available at all times. This may be a fire extinguisher with a minimum of a 2A rating, garden hose or other equipment designed for such use.
  • The prevailing winds shall be away from nearby residences and shall be 10 miles per hour or less.
  • The fire shall not be located within a wetland or natural wetland buffer strip.
  • The fire shall be attended at all times by at least one responsible person 18 years of age or older.
  • Recreational fires are prohibited when the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has declared a burning ban, determined the current fire danger level is at or above Very High, or the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued an air quality alert.
  • The Fire Chief or designee is authorized to order recreational fires immediately discontinued if the smoke emissions are offensive to occupants of surrounding properties or that the fire constitutes a hazardous condition. Please be considerate of your neighbors.
  • Any person violating the provisions of this ordinance shall be guilty of a misdemeanor under the City of Plymouth Ordinance, Section 94-12.
  • Mobile cooking devices such as manufactured hibachis, charcoal grills, wood smokers and propane or natural gas devises and burners are not defined as recreational fires.

Plymouth Fire Department
Public Safety Building | 3400 Plymouth Blvd. | Plymouth, MN 55447-1482
P 763-509-5120 | F 763-509-5142 |

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