Burn Permit

Outdoor Fire Burning Policy

Three types of authorized fire are permitted within the city limits of St. Cloud.

Barbecue Fires

When a person kindles and maintains a fire in a barbecue grill or pit designed and constructed for the preparation of food for human consumption and only when the grill or pit is utilized for that purpose, no permit is required.

Outdoor Fireplace

When a person kindles and maintains a fire in a manufactured outdoor fireplace in accordance with the requirements below, no permit is required.

  • A source for extinguishing the fire must be near the unit while in use
  • Any fire deemed a nuisance or a hazard by the St. Cloud Fire Rescue Department must be extinguished immediately
  • Only seasoned firewood or commercial logs are to be burned; no rubbish, refuse, or yard waste
  • The unit must be assembled and operated as specified by the manufacturer
  • The unit must be attended by an adult at all times
  • The unit must be placed on a non-combustible surface, no closer than 10’ to any structure and 6’ from combustibles

Land Clearing Operation

No person shall kindle or maintain any fire for land clearing purposes or authorize any such fire to be kindled or maintained without a permit. It is the intent of this policy to selectively, on a case-by-case basis, allow land-clearing operations when the City Manager or his designee concludes that it is in the best interest of the City of St. Cloud for the sole purpose of improving undeveloped areas within the corporate limits of the city remote from populated areas.

Burn Permits

To receive approval, the applicant must submit a completed Burn Permit application along with the permit fee. The fire chief or his designated representative will visit the site where the burning is to take place to determine whether the vegetation and site meets the criteria of this policy and also meets all applicable current federal and state requirements.

“Land-clearing operation” means the uprooting of vegetation in connection with the construction for buildings, right-of-way, residential, commercial or industrial development, or the initial clearing of vegetation to enhance property value; but does not include the maintenance burning of yard trash resulting from fallen limbs, branches, leaves or other routine property clean-up activities. The open burning of tires, rubber material, oil, asphalt, roofing material, tar, railroad cross ties, other creosote lumber, plastics, garbage, trash, yard clippings, household paper products, building materials and building demolition materials is prohibited.

Application Fees

Applications for land-clearing burn permits must be made in advance of the date the applicant desires to burn to insure proper site preparation and inspection. The applicant must pay a fee of $100 at the time the permit is issued. Permits shall at all times be kept on the premises designated for the burn and shall at all times be subject to inspection by any officer of the Fire, Police, or Building Departments.

If burning takes place without a permit, the applicant may be charged double-fees and/or all costs associated with extinguishment of the unpermitted burn.