Open Burning Permits

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Permits are required for most open burning. A site inspection is required before a permit can be issued.

Permit Fees

Commercial Open Burning Permits are $100 a day.
Residential Open Burning Permits are $15 a day.

Conditions

  • Permits for commercial and/ or residential open burning are issued for up to three days from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., unless exempted by the State of Kansas.
  • Burning materials that produce heavy smoke such as heavy oils, tires, tarpaper, etc. is not allowed. 
  • All complaints (smoke, odor emissions, falling ash, etc.) regarding burning will be investigated by the Olathe Fire Department (OFD). The OFD may order the burning be extinguished, if necessary.
  • One or more portable fire extinguisher(s) or other approved fire extinguishing equipment such as dirt, sand, garden hose, etc. shall be available for use.
  • All open fires shall be attended until the fire is put out.
  • Environmental conditions can impact your plans to burn:
  • Before burning, check SkyCast for air quality and Ozone Alert information.
  • No burning will be allowed if the ozone forecast for that particular day(s) is yellow, orange, or red.
  • This applies even if the permit has been issued.

Commercial Burning Permit Process

Conditions: The location of open burning shall be no less than 1000 feet from any structure or public roadway.

Permit Process:

  1. Contact Kansas Department of Health and Environment for your Construction/Approval Permit.  This permit for your equipment is a two-week to three-week process.
  2. Complete and return the Burn Permit Application to the Olathe Fire Department.  Include a copy of the KDHE State Construction Permit with your permit application.
  3. After the fire inspector approves your site, call 913-971-7900 to schedule an appointment to pay fees and pick up your permit.
    • Permit fees are $100 per day per location. Checks are payable to the City of Olathe.
  4. Schedule an inspection of the burn site.

Residential Burning Permit Process

  1. Complete and return the Burn Permit Application to the Olathe Fire Department.
  2. After the fire inspector approves your site, call 913-971-7900 to schedule an appointment to pay fees and pick up your permit.
    • Permit fees are $15 per day per. Checks are payable to the City of Olathe.

Bon Fires

  1. Complete and return the Burn Permit Application to the Olathe Fire Department.
  2. After the fire inspector approves your site, call 913-971-7900 to schedule an appointment to pay fees and pick up your permit.
  3. There are no fees for this permit.

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