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Burn Permits

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Burn Permits

Jefferson County Public Health issues open burning permits for agricultural and forest management burning located at 6400’ or above only. Below this elevation these materials are considered household rubbish and should be disposed of as such. As a general guideline, tree slash should not be burned if you can access and haul away the pile. These piles can be chipped or hauled to approved slash collection sites. In addition, most fire departments have restrictions that allow for open burning only when snow cover is present. 

During Fire Restrictions & Bans

Due to the concern for wildfire, Jefferson County Public Health will not issue or approve any Open Burn Permits during a Fire Restriction (Stage One) or a Fire Ban (Stage Two) as implemented by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Open burning includes the burning of tree slash for forest mitigation (via JCPH issued Burn Permits), as well as for ’bon fires’ that require a permit from the fire authority having jurisdiction. Open burning will not be allowed during Jefferson County fire restrictions or bans (IFC 105.6.30).

Applying for an Open Burn Permit

  • Please allow 10 to 15 working days for issuance of a permit.
  • An $80 fee shall apply to all applications for open burning permits.
  • Use Form 2000 to apply for an Open Burn Permit.

Contact Jefferson County Public Health Environmental Health Services for more information on obtaining burn permits by calling 303-271-5700.

IMPORTANT: Check the Open Burn Forecast [external link] before the open burning as open burning may be restricted due to air quality or red flag warnings.   


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