2018 KCK Burn Permit Process

Many residents think that it is local government’s responsibility to maintain trees in the street right-of-ways. While this may be the case in some cities, in Kansas City, Kansas it is the responsibility of the property owner to maintain and cut if necessary trees that are planted along the street right-of-way. One way residents can legally dispose of limbs is through open burning times.

Residents in Kansas City, Kansas are allowed to apply for a burn permit for the time period of the month of April 2018 and the time period of October 16, 2018, through November 15, 2018, at any of the Fire Stations currently staffed by the Kansas City, Kansas Fire Department. Kansas City, Kansas residents are limited to one 3-day burn permit per burn period that allows for the combustion of one 10 foot by 10 foot or smaller pile of naturally occurring residential organic yard waste generated onsite.  If you operate a business out of your home you are classified as a business and cannot participate. Applications must be received and approved at least 24 hours prior to the commencement of burning. Open burning with a permit is allowed between the hours of 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

The owner of the property must apply for and sign the permit. A responsible party must be present at all times until the fire is completely extinguished. Residents shall maintain a copy of the burn permit on site and an adequate water supply and/or other comparable extinguishing resources while conducting open burning. In no circumstance shall open burning occur within 15 feet of any building or within 15 feet from any one’s property line, street, or sidewalk. 

Each Burn Permit allows for one organic pile per permit, one permit per residential property. All organic materials burned within the city limits of Kansas City, Kansas are limited to organic materials (yard waste generated such as tree limbs, leaves, weeds, brush, and grass) Burning without a permit shall be subject to Section I-7 (General Penalty, Continuing Violations) of the general provisions code of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/KCK.

At no time shall rubbish, wire insulation, tires, rubber products, plastic, treated lumber, automobile products, paper, cardboard, construction chemicals, household chemicals or any other material that normally emits dense smoke, noxious odors or hazardous air pollutants be burned. 

At any time, the Fire Chief or his designee may revoke burn permits or ban open burning. Weather conditions (high winds-sustained over 15mph, low humidity) may make open burning too dangerous. Suspension of open burning will be posted on the Unified Government’s website and on the KCKFD web and Facebook pages. Open burning may also be suspended when air pollution “Red Alert” days are declared by the Mid America Regional Council, MARC, and the Unified Government.