All burning in the City Limits of Grand Junction requires a Grand Junction Fire Department Burn Permit. These permits are for properties at least 1 acre or more. The Mesa County Health Department issues permits for all other areas in Mesa County. Burning is allowable only for dry weeds, garden waste, irrigation ditches, and tree or shrub trimmings less than 1” in diameter.
* Spring Season - March 1 - April 30
* Fall Season - September 1 - September 30
To Apply for a Burn Permit
-Check to make sure your property is in the City and that it is over 1 acre. If you're not sure if you meet the requirements for a permit, please call 970-549-5800, and we will assist you.
-If your property is in the City limits and over 1 acre, stop by Fire Administration at 625 Ute Avenue to apply for your permit.
-Permits are $25.00 per property.
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Open Burning Permit Information
Use information below to decide if you need a permit. All burning is prohibited during times of sustained or prevailing winds, no burn days, and red flag warnings.
Recreational Outdoor Burning Regulations
While recreational fire pits, portable outdoor fire places, and permanent fire pits/fireplaces do not require a permit, regulations still apply for the proper use of each. All burning is prohibited during times of sustained or prevailing winds, no burn days, and red flag warnings.
Bonfire Permits and Regulations
Bonfires require a permit, for more information contact our main line at (970)549-5800. Bonfires are outdoor fires utilized for ceremonial purposes which are conducted by non-profits, religious institutions, school districts, or governments at locations owned by the entity and require a permit. All burning is prohibited during times of sustained or prevailing winds, no burn days, and red flag warnings.
Alternatives to Open Burning
Backyard composting has proven very beneficial to replacing open burning. Contact Colorado State Cooperative Extension at 970-244-1834 or visit their website for specific details on how to compost materials in your own back yard.
The Mesa County Waste Management Division offers a large-scale composting facility to the public for residential, municipal and commercial green waste disposal. Materials can be dropped off at the Orchard Mesa Landfill weekday afternoons at no charge. Please avoid materials containing rocks and metal debris, which can cause havoc to the large and expensive tub grinder needed to reduce these materials into small, compostable pieces. They can be contacted at (970) 263-9319 or visit their website for more information.