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. 

 Other Fire Permits/License Applications
 (Tank, Fire Protection System Installation, Fireworks, etc.) 
Burning Citation Appeal Form

 Permit and License Applications

 St. Cloud Fire Department Station 1
101 10th Ave. N.
St. Cloud, MN 56303
Please call (320) 650-3500 if you have questions.

Burning Permit Information

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.

Prescribed Burning:  This permit is intended for Resource Management and Prairie Restoration.  Applicant must return application in advance for review and approval by the Fire Marshal.  More details can be found on the Prescribed Burn Application form.  

Recreational Burning:  Permits are required for all recreational fires.  Applicants MUST be the property owner.  If the property is zoned as a rental property, property owners may fill out the application form giving permission to specific occupants.  This permit allows for the burning of clean, dry firewood ONLY in an approved non-combustible ring or pit at least 8 inches in height or depth and maximum diameter of 36", located at least 25 feet from buildings or within an approved manufactured fireplace located at least 15 feet from buildings.  Gas fire pits, due to open flame, require a permit also.  Please familiarize yourself with all regulations of the ordinance.

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).





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