Burn Permits


Note from El Paso County, Colorado

"On January 15, 2015, the El Paso County Board of Commissioners gave final approval to a revised county ordinance to regulate open burning activities in the unincorporated areas of El Paso County.  Your health department permit is for airquality concerns only, and does not constitute approval to burn under the county ordinance.  If you are in an unincorporated area of the county, prior to igniting any material approved by the health department, you must also obtain an open burning permit for fire safety from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. Your open burning permit has been forwarded to the Sheriff's Office, and they will notify you of the status of your permit.  If you have questions about the permit for fire safety, please call 719-575-8407."

Please note: Piles shall not exceed 8X8X8 in size.

El Paso County Public Health
1675 W. Garden of the Gods Rd., Ste. 2044
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
(719) 578-3188

Permits are granted subject to all rules and regulations of the El Paso County Board of Health, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and to the general terms and conditions set forth below.

  1. During publicly announced periods of AIR POLLUTION EMERGENCY or ALERT, all permits are suspended in alert areas.

  2. All open burning is prohibited when the El Paso County Fire Marshal has declared a ban on open fires.

  3. Before igniting an open burn the permit holder shall notify:
    1. El Paso County Public Health - for weekend or holiday burns, notification shall be provided on the preceding business day prior to 12:00pm.
    2. The appropriate fire department or district with jurisdiction
    3. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office, prior to ignition and after extinguishing the open burn
    4. All adjacent landowners, including those separated by a road or right of way

  4. The permit is for compliance with air pollution requirements only and is not a permit to violate any existing local laws, rules, regulations, or ordinances regarding fire, zoning, or building.

  5. Materials may be ignited only between 10:00am and 2:00pm.  This includes both starting a fire and adding more material to an existing fire.  All fires shall be completely extinguished by no later than sunset.

  6. The burn shall not be left unattended and shall be continuously supervised by one or more responsible persons.  El Paso County Public Health and the employees or agents thereof, in the issuing of the permit, are not responsible for conditions that result in damage to any person or property.

  7. Burning shall be restricted to the item(s) and location identified in the permit application.

  8. The permit holder is responsible for obtaining any additional permits and/or clearances from any appropriate fire safety authority, local agency, or other offical prior to using the permit.

  9. The permit holder, and any of his/her employees, agents, and assignees shall abide by the conditions and restrictions contained herin.  Failure to comply with the aforementioned conditions and restrictions shall render the permit holder to legal action.

  10. Permit must be prominently displayed on premises

    Authorized By: Tom Ganzales, MPH, REHS, Environmental Health Director

Any and all open burning requirements are as follows:
  1. No burning trash or tree limbs on open grasslands.

  2. Controlled burns shall not be conducted 50 ft. of a structure or combustible material.  Contact TLMFPD Fire Marshal during business hours to schedule date and time to inspect site.   Campfires need to be at least 25 ft. away from structures and/or combustible material.  All need constant attendance until fire is extinguished.  Portable outdoor fireplaces do not need permits to burn.  They shall be used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and shall not be operated within 15 ft. of a structure and/or combustible material. 

  3. TLMFPD must be notified each day prior to burn.

  4. All cooking fire pits are acceptable providing that the pit is no greater than three feet in diameter and must have a screen over the fire with water on site.  In addition, fire must be constantly monitored until it is out.