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Burning Permit Information

Burning Permits are available online or at the City Office during office hours.
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Approved permits will be emailed back to applicants, and the Fire Department will be notified. 

Please read and comply with Open Burning Times and Regulations.
Please check the MN DNR MAP to determine if burning restrictions are in effect. If the MN DNR enacts burning restrictions or bans during the permitted time, all previously issued burning permits are


Burning permits are not required for recreational fires.  A recreational fire is a fire in an area of no more than a 3-foot diameter measured from the inside of a fire ring or non-combustible border and is used for recreational, cooking, or ceremonial purposes. 

Recreational fires must consist of clean dry wood, producing little detectable smoke, odor or soot beyond the property lines.  

Disposal of larger quantities of brush, trees, etc. DOES REQUIRE an open burning permit.   

Obtaining a permit does not necessarily prevent the Fire Department from being dispatched to your property. If a fire call is received, the Fire Department will automatically be dispatched to investigate the call.

Contact the Nowthen City Office with any questions regarding Burning Permits:

(763) 441-1347, or e-mail:


REMEMBER:  All fire call fees, damages, and costs that are a result of an illegal fire will be the property owner's responsibility. Keep your fire under control at all times and tend to the fire until it is completely extinguished. Violations of permit conditions may also result in criminal and/or civil actions. 

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