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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

If you plan on conducting a prairie grass burn larger than one-half an acre, you must first apply for a permit from the Minnesota DNR. To contact DNR Forestry, call 952-826-6760. You must provide a copy of the DNR permit when applying for a local burning permit. Permits are not issued for burns of less than one-half acre.

Running Fires to Cultivate or Replace Native Plant Landscape [PDF]

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]