Request a Burn Permit


How to Apply for a Burn Permit:

Be advised that, due to new open burning regulations, a state issued permit may be required in addition to a local permit. Please see additional information below and call with any questions.

Step One: Applying for a State Issued Permit

For open burning, a state issued permit may be required in addition to a local permit. State issued permits are easy to apply for and free for the applicant. Please visit the link provided for the application:

Click Here to Visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment website and view the application

Completed applications may be emailed to the state at this link: 

Click Here to Email Completed Applications to the State 

State issued permits are good for one calendar year (January 1 to December 31) and allow for a maximum of 50 burns.

Step Two: Applying for a Local Permit

Once a state issued permit has been obtained, please call 303-646-3800 to apply for a local burn permit. If you need a site visit, you may call the day before to make sure that we can schedule that site visit. Due to the changing weather conditions in our area, we will not issue burn permits more than 48 hours ahead of time. 

If you call after hours, please use the on-duty firefighter option on the phone tree. Please leave a message if no one answers.   

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Burn Permit Rules

As a citizen of Elbert County, you should adhere to all regulations and requirements asked of the Elizabeth Fire Protection District. Get a permit before you burn. It's fast, easy, and it's the law.

  • An open burn, recreational fire,  or bonfire will need certain permissions from the fire district based on the current burn restrictions in place.  
  • A burn permit can be revoked at any time by any EFPD member, for any reason.
  • The Permittee must own the site or have legal access and be at least 18 years of age.
  • Request a burn permit by contacting EFPD via phone at 303-646-3800.
  • Unless fire danger conditions are likely to change, Permittee is not required to contact the District prior to burning on an approved day written on the burn permit.
  • A Permittee shall conduct a controlled burn in the approved areas or incinerators only.
  • The Permittee shall extinguish the burn immediately if any of the following situations occur:
    • Neighbors complain regarding the smell of smoke travel off the Permittee property.
    • Winds begin to be too strong or gusty.
    • Permittee can no longer monitor the burn.
    • The Permittee is instructed to do so by any EFPD personnel.
  • A Permittee shall monitor burn at all times until the fire is extinguished.
  • The Permittee shall provide the minimum of a charged garden hose, fire- extinguisher, or on-site fire-extinguishing equipment, such as dirt, sand, and water barrel shall be available for immediate utilization.
  • A Permittee shall maintain adequate means of access and sufficient means of communication to EFPD in case of emergency.
  • The Permittee shall burn fibrous, non-treated wood products in a single pile.
  • Permittee can call the District to request "re-issue" of a burn permit issued in the previous 60 days; Permittee must provide burn permit number and date the burn permit was initially released.
  • A permit issued more than 60 days prior may require a new site inspection and permit issued at the discretion of the Chief or Chief's designee.