No bonfires or recreational fires may be kindled within the boundaries of Central County Fire and Rescue (CCFR) without first obtaining a permit from the CCFR Fire Marshal. Under no circumstance can waste or rubbish be burned within CCFR boundaries.
Burn Permit Fees:
- Commercial Burn Permit $100, a copy of the DNR letter (if required) and a $5,000 cash deposit.
- Residential Burn Permit Fee $25
- Applications for open burning must be completed at least ten (10) days before the fire is to occur.
- Permits can be at obtained at CCFR Headquarters, 1220 Cave Springs Blvd., Saint Peters, MO 63376, or by downloading the Burn Permit Application here.
- If a burn permit is approved, the permit is valid for a period of fifteen (15) days from the date of approval by the Fire Marshal.
- Failure to comply with these procedures will result in a misdemeanor and shall be punished as is provided by law.
Burn Permits may be issued for the following:
1. Vegetation waste
- Open burn permits may be issued to a private individual to open burn a small quantity of vegetation waste on his/her property.
- Bonfire permits may be issued if the following conditions are met:
- The bonfire shall not be more than five (5) feet tall by five (5) feet wide by five (5) feet long in dimension and shall not burn longer than three (3) hours.
- Fuel for a bonfire shall consist only of seasoned dry firewood and shall be ignited with a small quantity of paper.
- The fire shall not be used for waste disposal purposes and the fuel shall be chosen to minimize the generation of air contaminants.
3. Land Clearing
- Any proposed burn not falling within the above defined categories shall be conducted lawfully only by special permit approved in accordance with stipulated approval procedures.
- All commercial and/or industrial burning is prohibited unless a special burn permit is applied for and approved. If a special permit is applied for the applicant must state, in addition to satisfying the requirements for individual burn permits, the special circumstances warranting the issuance of a special burn permit.
- The location for any open burning shall not be less than fifty (50) feet from any structure and provisions must be made to prevent the fire from spreading.
- If a permit is approved, burning must take place between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
- Persons holding an approved burn permit must notify the Fire Marshal’s office on the day of the burn prior to commencing burning (10:00 a.m.) and upon completion of the burn (4:00 p.m.)
- Any open burning shall be constantly monitored until the fire is extinguished. Fire extinguishing equipment must be available for immediate use.
- Any open burning which is or which becomes offensive or objectionable due to smoke or odor emissions or due to atmospheric conditions or local circumstances which make such fire hazardous is prohibited. If this is the case, either the permit holder or Central County Fire and Rescue will extinguish the fire.
- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources only permits open burning between Sept. 15 and April 15 of the following year.