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Fire >> Permits, Inspections and Development >> Burning Permits

Burning Permits

Open burning of trash and vegetation is prohibited by city ordinance and state law without a permit.


The open burning of brush by commercial clearing operations and private residents in agriculturally zoned areas is allowed by permit only. The Lee's Summit Fire Department enforces the requirements of the 2012 International Fire Code and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) for open burning with a permit. A burning permit application may be obtained by calling the Fire Prevention Division at (816) 969-1300 during regular business hours Monday through Friday, and scheduling an appointment to inspect the burn site. Once the permit is approved, burning is allowed when weather conditions permit.

Recreational and Cooking Fires

Recreational or cooking fires include campfires and open fire pits with a wood pile not exceeding 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height. Recreational and cooking fires are allowed by permit only. A permit may be obtained by calling the Fire Prevention Division at (816) 969-1300 during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Requests for recreational fire permits should be made 48 hours in advance to allow for inspection of the site. There is no charge for the permit. You must have a permit for each use.

Patio Fireplaces and Chimineas (No Permit Required)

Portable outdoor fireplaces shall be used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and shall not be operated within 15 feet of a structure or combustible material. The fuel must remain covered by the screen or enclosed at all times. 

When burning the appliance must be constantly attended, with an available means to extinguish the fire. Only seasoned firewood may be burned in these devices, this does not include yard waste.Be courteous when burning. If it is determined that the smoke is a nuisance, the user will be ordered to extinguish the fire.

Patio fireplaces are strictly prohibited in multi-family dwellings. 

Warming Fires at Construction Sites

Warming fires in barrels at construction sites are prohibited.

Contact Information:
Fire Prevention Division
Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm