Open burning

General information 

Residential burning

Bon fires

Recreational fires (outdoor fireplaces and fire pits)

Open-flame cooking devices (barbeque grills and charcoal burners)

Liquid propane (LP) gas burners

General information  back to top

Permits are required for open burning. An inspection is also required before a permit can be issued.

Permit fees, adopted by the Governing Body of the City of Olathe, are:
• $100/day for commercial burning
• $15/day for residential burning

Burning of heavy smoke producing materials (heavy oils, tires, tarpaper, etc.) is strictly prohibited. Permits for commercial and/ or residential open burning may be issued for three (3) days at a time from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, unless exempted by the State.

All complaints (smoke, odor emissions, falling ash, etc.) regarding open burning or recreational fires will be investigated by the Fire Department. The FD is authorized to order the extinguishment of such burning if it creates or adds to a hazard or is found to be objectionable.

A minimum of one working portable fire extinguisher or other approved on-site fire extinguishing equipment (dirt, sand, garden hose, etc.) shall be available for immediate use at the burn site. All open fires shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished.

Commercial burning back to top

Step 1- Contact KDHE for your Construction/Approval Permits. Commercial air curtains and pits are no longer subject to the state open burning regulations but as incinerators, your company is required to obtain a Construction Approval/Permit directly from KDHE. This is a one-time event; once your company has obtained the Approval or Permit you will no longer need to get an open burning permit from Johnson County office unless you make a significant change to your equipment.

This process usually takes 2-3 weeks, possibly longer. Once your equipment has been approved by KDHE, contact the Olathe Fire Department. The State Construction Permit which says your equipment is approved must be presented at the time you obtain your local burning permit from the City of Olathe.

Step 2- The Olathe Fire Department shall inspect and approve the burn site prior to a permit being issued. A permit is required for commercial burning. Bring your State Construction Permit to the Olathe Fire Administration Building when applying for your Burn Permit.

The location of open burning for commercial permits shall not be less than one hundred (100) feet from any structure or public roadway.

Even if a burn permit has been issued, should the ozone forecast for that particular day(s) be yellow, orange, or red, no burning will be allowed. Before burning, check the SkyCast website for air quality and Ozone

Alert information www.sharetheair.com

Burning of heavy smoke producing materials (i.e. heavy oils, tires, tarpaper, etc.) is strictly prohibited.

Permits for commercial open burning may be issued for three (3) days at a time, unless exempted by the State. A day is from 08:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

All complaints (smoke, odor emissions, falling ash) regarding open burning or recreational fires will be investigated by the Fire Department. The Fire Department is authorized to order the extinguishment of such burning if it creates or adds to a hazard or is found to be objectionable.

A minimum of one working portable fire extinguisher, or other approved on-site fire extinguishing equipment (i.e. dirt, sand, garden hose) shall be available for immediate use.

All open fires shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished.

Permit fees are established by the City Council and are currently $100.00/day per location.

Residential burning back to top

The FD shall inspect and approve the burn site prior to a permit being issued. A permit is required for residential burning.

Burning of heavy smoke producing materials (heavy oils, tires, tarpaper, etc.) is strictly prohibited.

The location of open burning for commercial permits shall not be less than
one hundred (100) feet from any structure or public roadway.

Permits for residential open burning may be issued for three (3) days at a time, unless exempted by the State. A day is from 08:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

All complaints (smoke, odor emissions, falling ash, etc.) regarding open burning or recreational fires will be investigated by the FD. The FD is authorized to order the extinguishment of such burning if it creates or adds to a hazard or is found to be objectionable.

A minimum of one working portable fire extinguisher or other approved on-site fire extinguishing equipment (dirt, sand, garden hose, etc.) shall be available for immediate use at the burn site. All open fires shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished.

All open fires shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished.

Bon fires back to top

The Olathe Fire Department shall inspect and approve the burn site. No permit is required.

The location of a bonfire shall be a minimum of 50 feet from a structure or any combustible material.

Burning of heavy smoke producing materials (i.e. heavy oils, tires, tarpaper, etc.) is strictly prohibited.

All complaints (smoke, odor emissions, falling ash, etc.) regarding open burning or recreational fires will be investigated by the FD. The FD is authorized to order the extinguishment of such burning if it creates or adds to a hazard or is found to be objectionable.

A minimum of one working portable fire extinguisher or other approved on-site fire extinguishing equipment (dirt, sand, garden hose, etc.) shall be available for immediate use at the burn site. All open fires shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished.

All open fires shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished.

Recreational fires (outdoor fireplaces and fire pits) back to top

The Olathe Fire Department shall inspect and approve the burn site. No permit is required.

The location of recreational fires (fireplaces or fire pits) shall be a minimum of 25 feet from a structure or combustible material. Exemption: One or two family dwellings

Burning of heavy smoke producing materials (heavy oils, tires, tarpaper, etc.) is strictly prohibited.

All complaints (smoke, odor emissions, falling ash, etc.) regarding open burning or recreational fires will be investigated by the FD. The FD is authorized to order the extinguishment of such burning if it creates or adds to a hazard or is found to be objectionable.

A minimum of one working portable fire extinguisher or other approved on-site fire extinguishing equipment (dirt, sand, garden hose, etc.) shall be available for immediate use at the burn site. All open fires shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished.

All open fires shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished.

Open-flame cooking devices (barbeque grills and charcoal burners) back to top

Charcoal burners and other open flame cooking devices shall not be operated on combustible balconies or within ten (10) feet of combustible construction.

Exemptions:
1. One and two family dwellings.
2. Where buildings and decks are protected by a working automatic sprinkler system.

Liquid propane (LP) gas burners back to top

LP gas burners shall not be used or located on combustible balconies or within ten (10) feet of combustible construction. Exemption: One and two family dwellings.