City of Rockville, Minnesota

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Burning Permits

How to apply for a permit -

  • Through your Local Fire Wardens: City Hall (Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.), Floyd Beumer, or Gary Zwilling.

        • Local Fire Wardens can only issue a 3 evening burning permit from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m. for piled, vegetative materials or running fires less than 1 acre.

        • Special permits (daytime, running fires for more than 1 acre) have to be issued by a forester.  Landowner should contact the forestry office at 320-232-1061. REMINDER: Permits are to be written for vegetative materials (grass, leave, sticks and crop residue) only. Requests to burn other materials should be referred to the Area Forestry Office at 320-232-1061.

        • Permittee must call 1-866-533-2876 each day they are going to burn to activate the permit.

        • Daily burning regulations will be posted on the Minnesota DNR website.

  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Annual Burning Permit $5.00 - (See link below)

  • The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is pleased to offer annual burning permits online for a five-dollar fee. Online permits are valid for the calendar year and must be activated each day burning occurs. Permits to burn more than three piles, piles larger than 20' x 20' in size or an area more than one acre, will need a variance permit from a local DNR Forestry office.

    Note: You may not conduct your burn until you have activated your permit. You may activate on-line during your application process, or by calling 1-866-533-BURN (2876). Activation will only be possible if burning conditions are favorable to allow open burning; you will receive an activation code that you must write on your permit in the space provided.

    • You must be the landowner or have written permission of the landowner to burn at the burn site location.
    • Information about the type of burn (piled material, grass field, garden plot, etc.)
    • Location of the burn, either an address (E-911 compatible) or the legal description (available on your property tax statement)
    • Credit/Debit card (Mastercard or Visa)
    • Printer - to print your completed permit (you must have printed and signed permit with you while conducting your burning operation)
    • You will need a valid email address for an account. An email account is required by the banking system to process your credit card payment. In addition, the email account will allow you to reprint a permit at a later date if it is misplaced or destroyed and will save entry time in the future as much of the information you need to enter will be saved in the system.
  • Permittees will be required to call a toll-free number to activate their permit each day they burn. The activation will inform the permittee of any last-minute changes to the burning regulations. This activation call will also allow the permit information to be available to 911 dispatchers. Callers will receive an activation number that they must record on their permits.
  • Variance permits (daytime burns and running fires over 1 acre in size) will need approval by a forester.  Please call 320-232-1061.
When is a burning permit not required?
  • For a "campfire" which means a fire set for cooking, warming, or ceremonial purposes, which is not more than three feet in diameter by three feet high, and has ground five feet from the base of the fire cleared of all combustible material.

  • When the ground is "snow-covered" which means that the ground has a continuous unbroken cover of snow, to a depth of three inches or more, surrounding the immediate area of the fire, sufficient to keep the fire from spreading. No restrictions on the time of burning (can burn all day long). Only vegetative materials may be burned, no prohibited materials.

  • For a fire contained in a charcoal grill, camp stove, or other device designed for the purpose of cooking, or heating.

  • For a fire in a approved burner, and there is no combustible material within five feet of the base of the burner, and it is in use between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.  Prior to 6:00 p.m., a permit is required to burn in a burner.

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