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To keep people safe it is required to get approval for any open burning.
This type of fire does require a burning permit from the City of Topeka as well as an approval letter from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). The approved permit and KDHE approval letter shall be in possession of person doing burning or available for immediate inspection.
Commercial permits are required for any business or non-private entity wishing to conduct open burning on private or commercial grounds within the City of Topeka. This permit requires an application through the Inspection unit, onsite inspection and approval from KDHE.
The approved permit shall be in possession of person doing burning or available for immediate inspection.
An operational permit is required for the kindling or maintaining of an open fire or a fire on any public street, alley, road, or other public or private ground.
This permit requires an application through the Inspection unit, onsite inspection and approval from KDHE. As with any open burning only approved items are allowed to be burned.
The following is a list of items which ARE NOT allowed to be burned within the city limits or within Shawnee County. The list includes, but is not limited to:
Each open burning operation for which the department issues approval shall be subject to the following conditions, except as provided [K.A.R. 28-19-647(e)]:
As with any open burning within the City of Topeka, the Fire Department reserves the right to extinguish any fire that is causing a nuisance or emitting large amounts of smoke.
The responding Company Officer has the authority, as a designee of the Fire Chief, to extinguish any fire deemed to be a nuisance or emitting large amounts of smoke.
Violations of City of the Topeka Open Burning Regulation can cause suspension or revocation of the, open burning permit or result in a Municipal Court Citation. If a responding company officer determines that violations of the City of Topeka Open Burning policies have occurred, an Investigator should be called to the scene to determine if a Municipal Court Citation will be issued.
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Open Burn Policy