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Burn Permits

The City of Lansing requires a burn permit for recreational fires.  PLEASE NOTE THE NEW LOCATION FOR PERMITS BELOW

Burn Permits can now be purchased by mail for returning burn permit holders or in person by the homeowner with picture ID which shows current address.  Burn Permits are $50 per year from April 1 - March 31 and $25 from October 1 - March 31.  Permits can only be purchased on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Planning & Neighborhood Development Code Compliance Office, 316 N. Capital, Ste C2, Lansing MI 48933. You can pick up a permit during these times or fill out the Burn Permit Application listed below.

Please remember the following requirements when considering applying for the Recreational Burn Permit:

  • Permit is strictly for Recreational purposes only
  • Burning of building material or non-wood items is strictly prohibited
  • Burning of brush, leaves, grass or trash is strictly prohibited
  • The fire must be continuously attended
  • A water source must be readily available
  • Fires in approved containers are required to be at least 15 feet from any structure
  • Fires in an in-ground pit are required to be 25 feet from any structure
  • The Fire Marshal Division reserves the right to revoke any Recreational Burn Permit for violation of any of the above regulations and or Fire Code

For additional information download the Burning Ordinance to view the requirements to meet legal recreational burning. For details on renewing a license you can download the Fire Marshal's Letter on Burn Permit Updates and Changes.

Apply for a Permit by mail: 

You can now purchase a permit by mail (WITH THE EXCEPTION OF NEW RESIDENTS AND/OR FIRST TIME PERMIT REQUESTERS). Read the Fire Marshal's letter on burn permit updates and changes. For additional information or assistance, please contact the Fire Marshals office at 517-483-4361 and speak with Jennifer Hovey.

Request a Permit In Person

New Residents and/or First Time Permit Requesters: if this is your first time purchasing a burn permit for the City of Lansing, you MUST APPLY IN PERSON. Proof of residency is required, such as drivers license, rental contract (will need homeowners written permission), electrical bill, telephone bill, etc.

Please Note: If you purchased a Burn Permit last year (anytime after April 1st), that permit has expired as of March 30, 2014 and you will need to purchase a new permit.

You can apply in person for burn permit at:   

Lansing Fire Department
Fire Prevention Office
316 N. Capitol Ave., Ste C-1
Lansing, MI 48933

Burn Permit Hours

Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 to 3 p.m.

Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 to 3 p.m.

Thursday: 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 to 3 p.m.

For additional information, you may contact our Burn Permit Information Line at 517-483-4361

Randy Talifarro
Fire Chief
120 E. Shiawassee
Lansing, MI 48933

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.