Burn Permit

As stated in the City Codes 4-2-5 it is unlawful to burn papers, paper goods, carbon, rubbish, solid waste, organic debris, or any other type of combustible matters outdoors within the city. A Burn Permit is required for open burning within City Limits and be applied for at the City Clerk's Office.

Open Burning Ordinance Conditions

  • Minimum of two (2) acres required per single parcel of land.
  • A permit may be issued where twenty (20) yards or more of wood fires have accumulated from logging or clearing of insect infected timber.
  • Permits will rarely be issued to anyone wishing to burn trade waste, things other than brush, grass, and small diameter tree clippings.  Those wishing to do so must also receive a permit from the Flathead City/County Health Department

Date Requirements

March 1 - April 30 Open Burning, you must check with the Flathead City/County Health Department for current air quality coniditions, then notify Police Dispatch prior to all ignitions
May 1 - June 30 In addition to the above, you must receive a burning permit from the Department of Natural Resources & Conservation
July 1 - September 30 No Burning Season Closed
October 1 - November 31 Open Burning, you must check with the Flathead City/County Health Department for current air quality conditions, then notify Police Dispatch prior to all ignitions
December 1 - February 28 No Burning Season Closed

Fees

$25 Inspection fee to the City of Whitefish to be paid by the applicant at the time of application
$500 Deposit fee to the City of Whitefish to be paid prior to receiving a permit. In the event of an out of control fire which necessitates the assistance of the WFD, the property owner or his/her representative will be billed at $100 per hour for each fire truck used in the containment of the fire. This deposit will be returned if the services of the WFD are not required and the burn has been successfully completed.