Residential Open Burning Announced

9/30/2020 12:00:00 AM

Residential Open Burning beginning October 16 - November 22

The Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas, will allow residential properties within the city limits of Kansas City, Kansas to conduct Residential Open Burning beginning on October 16 through November 22. An application portal has been established on the Kansas City Kansas Fire Department’s website ( where residents may apply for a 3-day permit for open burning beginning October 8.  Some restrictions on open burning are as follows:
  • Permits are limited to residential properties
  • 1 permit per address during the 30-day burn period
  • Only organic yard waste produced on the permitted property may be burned
  • Burn piles are limited to 100 square feet at the base
  • Open burning hours are limited from 7am to 6pm
  • The burning of rubbish, trash, treated wood, or any other item that creates a hazard to public health is strictly prohibited
  • Burn piles must be a minimum of 15-feet from any structure, street, sidewalk or property line
  • Fires must be attended at all times until completely extinguished
  • A water source must be available for immediate use during burning
(the full list of residential open burning restrictions can be found on the Fire Department’s website or the Unified Government’s Code of Ordinances)
In order to use the online application portal, the applicant must have a valid email address. A copy of the permit must be kept with the applicant during the open burn in hardcopy or PDF form. Residents who do not have a valid email address may apply in person at any Kansas City Kansas Fire Station. For questions regarding residential open burn permitting, contact the Burn Permit Line at (913) 573-5970. For weather restrictions regarding open burning contact the Open Burn Status Hotline at (913) 573-5911 or visit the Fire Department’s website at