Open Burning in El Paso County
Open Burning Permits
Colorado air pollution control laws and regulations prohibit open burning throughout the State unless a permit has been obtained from the appropriate air pollution control authority. In granting or denying any such permit, El Paso County Public Health shall base its action on the potential contribution to air pollution in the area and weather conditions on the day(s) of such burning.
- Open Burning Permit applications must be submitted by 11:00AM on the last regular workday prior to the proposed burn date.
- Open Burning Permits may be approved for the purpose of disposing of untreated natural wood or slash (sticks and branches no greater than 4 inches in diameter), dry leaves, dry grass, dry weeds, and other similar dry natural vegetative materials.
- Open Burning Permits may also be approved for broadcast burns of 10 acres or less of grass, OR 5 acres or less of other vegetation.
- Open Burning Permits will not be approved for the purpose of disposing of trash, garbage, tree stumps, treated wood, pallet wood, lumber, construction material, demolition debris, chemicals, plastic, or any substance which, if ignited, may release toxic materials. Such materials must be properly recycled, reused or disposed of at an approved landfill.
- Open Burning Permits are not required for recreational fires, agricultural open burning, noncommercial cooking of human food, prescribed burning approved by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, or for training fires meeting the requirements of NFPA Standard 1403.