Open Burning and Burn Permits
Info for Garfield, Acme and East Bay Townships
Recreational campfires in established fires rings, portable outdoor fireplaces and other containment devices ARE ALLOWED WITH NO PERMIT so long as the fire is kept to a maximum size of 3 feet around and no higher than 2 feet of flame height. These fires must be a minimum of 25 feet from a structure or adjoining property or any other potentially combustible items to which the fire could spread. Only dry hardwood fuels may be used which do not produce noxious smoke conditions.
Agricultural fires for the burning of tree farm stumps, trees and branches only (no man-made materials or manufactured lumber) are allowed with a burn permit from the Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department. These permits are FREE and can be obtained below. This form is printable for your records and when submitted will automatically be emailed to Fire Department Administration. If internet/ email is not available you may call 947-3000 ext. 1250 and leave your name, address of burn location and dates and times of the proposed burn.
Bonfires are defined as ceremonial fires that may exceed the 3 feet round by 2 feet high requirement. A PERMIT IS REQUIRED for these fires and a plan must be submitted to this office showing location of fire on the site plan of the property, containment methods, extinguishment methods on hand, security perimeter around the fire, and items to burned as fuel. These fires must be a minimum of 50 feet from any structure, adjoining property or other combustible material to which the fire could spread. For these events please fill out the (Special Events application form link) and submit to this office all required information.
*****All fires and permits are subject to be revoked and/or prohibited due to unfavorable weather or smoke conditions and may be ordered extinguished by Metro Fire Department personnel. All fires must be attended at all times and completely extinguished with water.
If a fire should escape the permit holder, all fire department expenses related to extinguishment will be invoiced to the permit holder.
For additional information call 231-947-3000 Monday- Friday 8am- 5pm.