You must first obtain a permit from Boulder County before you burn. You can do this several ways, the easiest being their website.
Boulder County allows citizens to burn the following on their property with a permit:
A slash pile is made up of vegetative material that has been concentrated by manual or mechanical means into a pile measuring no more than 6’ wide by 6’ tall.
Often thought of as a “prescribed burn,” broadcast burns are defined as, “the controlled application of fire to wildland fuels in their natural or modified state over a predetermined area.” Broadcast burns are often conducted to reduce wildland fire fuel loads, restore the ecological health of an area, or to clear weeds.
Agricultural burns DO NOT require a permit.
How to Obtain a Burn Permit in Boulder County
- Read the Guide to Burning (1 MB) for expert tips and instructions on how to burn safely.
- Ensure no alternatives to burning exist to disposing of your material.
- Ensure your planned burn complies with all regulations & requirements listed on the Quick Guide (79 KB)
- Complete the burn permit application for your burn. You will be notified within 20 days whether your application was approved or denied.
- Receive your burn permit by mail or email within 20 days of submitting application
Before continuing to the application, be sure you have…
- Considered alternatives to burning
- Read the required Guide to Burning
- Printed and completed a burn plan form (810 KB) – (Broadcast burns only)
Burn Permit Ordinance #2014 (489 KB)