Due to a Fire Weather Watch being posted by the National Weather Service in Chanhassen for low humidity, high temps, and dry fuels, be cautious: Recreational fires are still allowed, but highly discouraged and if people are going to have a Recreational Fire to take extra precautions with it, such as having a charged hose and shovel nearby and to double check that the fire is out cold before leaving it.
Burning Permits are available by:
- completing the on-line process on your computer OR
- in person at Fire Station #1 (101 10th Ave N), Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. OR
- fill out form available outside front door of Station One and place in drop box with payment (you will receive your permit via email or U.S. mail per your request on the form) OR
- you can mail or email a Burning Permit Application form into the station with a check or credit card info following the instructions below under "Recreational Burning" and we will mail or email the permit to you within a few days. The Burning Permit Application form is required for non-owners to get a Recreational Burning Permit with owner permission.
Permit and License Applications
101 10th Ave. N.
St. Cloud, MN 56303
Please call (320) 650-3500 if you have questions.
Agricultural Burning: Applicant MUST be zoned Agricultural. An agricultural permit gives permission to burn dried leaves, brush, and untreated scrap lumber, subject to all the terms and conditions contained in the permit. You CANNOT burn any material other than that permitted, including, but not limited to, treated lumber, debris, or refuse material. Burning is permitted, in accordance with the terms of the permit, for a five-day period. Applicants can apply for this permit in person at Fire Station 1 or fill out the Burning Permit Application form and mail it with a check or credit card info to Fire Station 1.
Applicants can apply for the Recreational Burning Permit on-line, in person at Fire Station 1 or fill out the Burning Permit Application form and mail it with a check or credit card info to Fire Station 1. Permits are not required for cooking meals on gas or charcoal grills. See city ordinance for specifics regarding grills on balconies or patios.
Fires or Barbeque Grills on Balconies or Patios: City Ordinance: Chapter III, Section 300:50, Pages 40-41: On July 10, 2007, the State of Minnesota adopted the 2007 Minnesota Fire Code (MFSC). The MSFC utilizes the 2006International Fire Code as its base document and incorporates amendments and appendixes promulgated by the State of Minnesota. Appendix H, Fires or Barbecues on Balconies or Patios, was added to the fire code by the State of Minnesota and adopted as ordinance by the City of St. Cloud on September 13, 2007, and became part of and known as Ordinance 300:50. St. Cloud Ordinance 300:50 includes additional amendments and appendixes to the MSFC specific to the jurisdictional limits of the City of St. Cloud. Appendix H is reprint below verbatim.
2007 Minnesota State Fire Code Appendix H
Fires Or Barbecues On Balconies Or Patios
Section One – Open Flame And Fuel Storage Prohibited
1.1 Open Flame Prohibited. In any structure containing three or more dwelling units, no person shall kindle, maintain, or cause any fire or open flame on any balcony above ground level, or on any ground floor patio within 15 feet (4,572 mm) of the structure.
1.2 Fuel Storage Prohibited. No person shall store or use any fuel, barbecue, torch, or other similar heating or lighting chemical or device in the locations designated in section 1.1.
Exception: Listed electric or gas fired barbecue grills that are permanently mounted and wired or plumbed to the building’s gas supply or electrical system and that maintain a minimum clearance of 18 inches (457 mm) on all sides, unless listed for lesser clearances, may be installed on balconies and patios when approved by the Fire Chief.
Violations: A person who violates a provision of this code shall be guilty of a misdemeanor (MSFC Section 109.3 Violation Penalties).