Open Burning

Open burning is the burning of any materials wherein air contaminants resulting from combustion are emitted directly into the air, without passing through a stack or chimney from an enclosed chamber. 

A Permit is REQUIRED for Open Burning.

Open burning of refuse or a bonfire is strictly prohibited within the city limits unless a permit has been obtained from the Fire Chief, as well as any necessary permits required by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), if applicable.

The open burning of refuse is permitted only when it can be shown that the open burning is absolutely necessary and in the public interest. 

A person may be allowed to have a recreational/cooking fire; however, if the open burning of a small outdoor fireplace causes a nuisance or fire hazard, you will be required to immediately extinguish the fire.

Open Burning Permits are $50.00 and are issued by the Fire Chief for a specified time period, not to exceed one year, and show the expiration date on its face.