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Burning Permits

Open burning is not allowed in Lenexa, unless you receive a burn permit from the Fire Department. For you to receive a burn permit, we must inspect the site, and the weather conditions must be favorable for burning. Our oncoming fire shift determines weather conditions each morning shortly after 8 a.m.   

Aerial image of grass burningIf any burning negatively affects the livelihood of your neighbors, your burning permit can be revoked. We only issue burning permits for the burning of natural land clearance material. Construction type materials cannot be burned. You must have an approved means of extinguishment during the burn permit period. You can apply for the following types of permits: 

  • Residential permit - For open burning of land clearance materials (logs, brush, shrubbery, leaves, grass clippings, etc.). Burning must be done at least 50 feet away from any structure or vehicle on the property and at least 200 feet away from any structure on an adjacent property. The permit fee is $25, and the permit is only good for the day it is issued. 

  • Recreational permit – For open burning of camp-style fires using only cut firewood. These types of fires must be no more than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high. Burning must be done at least 25 feet away from any structure or vehicle. The permit fee is $10, and the permit is only good for four hours.  

  • Agricultural permit – For open burning of vegetation for agricultural purposes. Burning must be done at least 200 feet away from any structure. You may also be required to receive approval from the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment.  To receive an agricultural burning permit, your property must have more than 10 acres zoned for agricultural purposes. Our Prevention Division issues agricultural permits from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

  • Commercial permit – For open burning of land clearance materials. Burning must be done at least 200 feet away from any structure. You may also be required to receive approval from the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. The permit fee is $500. Our Prevention Division issues commercial permits from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 


How to obtain a burning permit

To obtain a residential or recreational burning permit, call your closest Lenexa Fire Department station or call Fire Station #1, 913.888.6380. 

To obtain an agricultural or commercial burning permit, call the Fire Prevention Division at Fire Station # 1, 913.888.6380. 


No permit required

In certain instances, a burning permit is not required. This includes:  

  • Portable wood-burning units, such as chimineas, outdoor fireplaces and fire pits. When using these devices, you should burn only traditional firewood or commercial fire-starting products. These devices must have a spark arrestor in order to not require a burn permit. They should be at least 25 feet away from buildings and combustibles. You should also monitor the unit at all times.  

  • Grills and other outdoor cooking appliances. You should only burn charcoal, wood, propane or natural gas for the purpose of cooking food. You should also monitor the grill at all times.  

When using these items, please be responsible and ensure that they do not cause your neighbors an unreasonable nuisance or annoyance.