Air Quality

Location: Director: Hours: Contact:
Health Department
619 Ann Avenue
Kansas City, KS
Rollin Sachs Monday - Friday
8:30AM - 5:00PM
P: (913) 573-6700 F: E: Email

Open Burning

The Compliance and Enforcement Section conducts annual facility inspections of air pollution sources in Wyandotte County to determine compliance with air regulations and permits.

Outdoor and ambient air quality complaints are welcomed and will be investigated by air quality staff. Contact us by phone (913) 573-6700 or Email.

Open burning is the burning of any matter in such a manner that products of combustion resulting from the burning are emitted directly into the ambient (outside) air without passing through an adequate stack, duct or chimney.  Generally, anytime you light a fire outdoors, you are open burning. Kansas City, KS does allow for limited types of both residential and commercial burning.

Residential Burning


Residents are allowed (2) time periods during the year to conduct residential open burning in KCK. 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 16th - November 15th from 7:00AM - 6:00PM...More

Outside of the (2) specified residential open burning months, few exceptions exist.

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 your proposed burning may qualify under one of the above eligibility requirements, submit an application for an open burning permit.


Burn Permit applications:
Step 3: Complete the open burning permit application. 

Clarification of questions in the open burning permit application:
  1. The date and time:  when is the proposed burn to take place.
  2. The quantity of waste: The approximate size (ft) of the pile of debris to be burned (for example, one pile of agricultural waste is 10 ft. long  x  5 ft. wide x 3 ft. high).  
​Completed applications can be:
  • Email,
  • Faxed: (913) 321-7932, 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. Please allow 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.


Alternatives to Residential Burning

The burning of residential yard waste can be hazardous to your health of you and your neighbors. Use available alternatives to residential burning.

Weekly Curbside Trash Pickup

Deffenbaugh Industries will pick up your yard waste (leaves, grass clippings, etc.), tree limbs and loose lumber.

All waste must be:

  • bagged or bundled in 4 foot lengths

  • weigh no more than (75) pounds

  • must be curbside by 7:00AM

Additional Information
Call: (913) 631-3300


Commercial Burning


The Permitting and Technical Services Program reviews and issues construction permits for new or modified sources of air pollution in Wyandotte County. This program also performs technical studies and evaluations, emission calculations, technology reviews, regulatory applicability determinations, etc.

DAQ acts as an agent of the state to issue permits under state authority, as well as, issuing permits under local rules. DAQ has issued many of the complex Class I permits, as well as, Class II permits to sources covered by the operating permit program.

Kansas Title V Operating Permit program became effective in February of 1996 and is being implemented by this Program in Wyandotte County.

Important Links:

Kansas and Wyandotte County Air Regulations
Code of Federal Regulations
KDHE Permit Guidance and Information
EPA Region 7 Air Website
AP-42 Emission Factors