Starting a fire in your yard? Read this first

It’s legal to burn leaves, yard waste and other debris in your yard, but only within certain parameters. To be safe and considerate of your neighbors (and to stay on the right side of the law), here are the requirements set by Village of Germantown Ordinance #44-89:

  • A free burn permit is required from the Germantown Fire Department to burn yard waste, but permits are not needed for cooking fires, campfires, grills or outdoor fireplaces.
  • Fires are only allowed if winds are under 12 mph
  • Size of a fire is limited to 5x5x5 (5 ft. square and 5 ft. high)
  • Hose must be nearby and ready to use
  • Burning of garbage, toxic materials, flammable liquids and building materials is not permitted
  • No fires are allowed before 8 a.m. or after 8 p.m.
  • Where to get a burning permit

    The following information is provided by the Germantown Fire Department:

    Please call Station 2 at 262 502-4701 x1735 or email burnpermits@germantownfiredept.com to obtain a burning permit.

    Please include with your email:
    First and Last Name with Middle initial
    Drivers License Number and expiration date
    Date of birth
    Burn location
    Address
    Phone Number

    No burning is authorized until you are in possession of a burning permit. Permits are issued Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. If you wish to obtain a burning permit in person, they will be available at Station 2, located at N115 W18752 Edison Dr. in Germantown, Wis. during the same time period.

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