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Recreational Fires, Open Burning & Grills on Patios and Balconies

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Recreational Fires

A burning permit is not needed for recreational fires less than 3-feet-by-3-feet in size.

However, city code requires that recreational fires must:

  • Contain only natural, clean-burning wood
  • Not be conducted within 25 feet of any building. This can be reduced to 15 feet when fully enclosed in a portable fire pit
  • Not be conducted if winds are more than 15 miles per hour or are in the direction of nearby structures
  • Not be conducted if a total burning ban is in effect
  • Have a source of extinguishment nearby (hose, bucket of water, fire extinguisher, etc.)
  • Be supervised at all times until the fire has been extinguished
  • Be discontinued if deemed hazardous or a nuisance by a member of the fire or police department

For detailed requirements, see City Code 130.06.

Burning Permits

For fires larger than 3-feet-by-3-feet, such as for burning piled wood or brush, you must apply for an open burning permit. After the burn site is reviewed by fire department personnel, the permit will be approved or denied. If approved, an open burning permit will be issued and a $40 fee must be paid when picking up the paperwork at city hall. Burning permits are only issued for rural areas of the city or for areas in Jackson and Louisville Townships.

Submit Burning Permit Application [PDF] to:

Shakopee Fire Department
2700 Vierling Drive E.
Shakopee, MN 55379

Questions? 952-233-9570

For prairie grass burns or running fires, you must have a parcel/property area this is 2 or more acres in size and the area you are burning must be at least 1/2 acre in size. You must contract with a company specializing in prescribed burning and the burn must have pre-approval from the MN DNR Forestry Office. They can be contacted at 952-826-6760. The site must meet the above requirements before a burning permit is reviewed or approved. 

Grills on Patios or Balconies of Multi-Family Properties

City Code 130.09 prohibits propane, charcoal and electric grills and open flames on patios or balconies of multi-family properties where there are three or more dwelling units within the building.

Fires, Open Flames or Barbecues on Balconies or Patios Handout [PDF]