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Residential Burning

Kansas City, KS allows residents two time periods during the year to conduct residential open burning. Residents must apply for a burn permit at any KCK Fire Station. The permit is valid for up to 3 consecutive days during the month of April or from October 16 through November 15 between the hours of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Additional information can be found here.

Outside of the two specified residential open burning months, few exceptions exist. Read below to see if you qualify.

Step 1: Determine if you MAY be eligible for a burning permit. Do you qualify under one of the limited categories for which KCK regulations say a burn permit may be issued?

  • Agricultural operations related to the growing or harvesting of crops
  • Special purpose recreational and ceremonial fires (typically bonfires).
  • Fire Safety Training
  • Extraordinary Circumstances

Step 2: If you think your proposed burning may qualify under one of the above eligibility requirements, submit a written application for an open burning permit.


Burn Permit applications can be obtained by clicking on the following links or from Air Quality by: phone at 573-6700, fax at 342-5634, in person (by coming to the third floor of the Unified Government Public Health Department), or by mail to the following address: 619 Ann Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66101.

Agricultural Permit

Ceremonial Permit

Recreational Permit

Fire Safety Training Permit

Step 3: Completely fill out the open burning permit application.  Two questions in the open burning permit application that require clarification are the quantity of waste(s) and the date and time of  scheduled burning. The quantity of waste refers to the approximate size (ft) of the pile of debris to be burned (for example, one pile of agricultural waste from a farming operation  is 10 ft. long  x  5 ft. wide x 3 ft. high). Date and time refers to when the burning shall take place. 

Completed applications can be emailed (, faxed (913-342-5634) or mailed (619 Ann Avenue, KCK 66101) to the Department of Air Quality.

Step 4: Upon reception of a completed open burning permit application, a representative from Air Quality will visit the proposed burn site to verify that the information stated on the application is valid and eligible.

Step 5: You will receive notification from an Air Quality representative by telephone, fax, or letter informing you of the status of your application. Typically, it may take a week or more to inspect the proposed burn site and get approval from both Air Quality and Fire Prevention.

Step 6: An authorized permit can be obtained in person, by mail, or by fax as described in Step 2.


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Air Quality Hours Bruce S. Andersen Phone Numbers
Health Department 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Director P: (913) 573-6700
619 Ann Avenue Monday - Friday Email   F: (913) 573-5634
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