A burn ban is currently in effect for the cities of Overland Park and Merriam.
This burn is in place as an air quality preservation effort, done in conjunction with the annual grassland burning in the Flint Hills.
Recreational fires and grilling is allowed, but permits will not be issued for open burns.
Fire Pits, Chimineas, Tiki Torches
No permit is required to use fire pits, campfires, chimineas and decorative flame torches are allowed at single family dwellings or duplexes in Overland Park, but there are restrictions.
- Only burn seasoned, dry firewood.
- Limit fires to three feet in diameter and two feet in height.
- Do not burn fire pits within 15 feet of a building.
- Never burn when wind speeds exceed 15 mph or during a burn ban.
- Keep a garden hose or fire extinguisher nearby and attend to the fire until it is completely extinguished.
Fire pits, campfires, bonfires, chimineas and decorative flame torches are strictly prohibited at multi-family dwellings.
The fire department can order any recreational fire be put out if it creates or adds to a hazardous situation. If your fire is bothering a neighbor, OPFD will check to see if your smoke is offensive and can require you put out your fire.
Merriam residents are permitted to burn leaves, per Merriam code.
Outdoor Fireplaces and Kitchens
Large stationary fireplaces and kitchens are allowed in Overland Park and do not require a permit from the fire department. Please check with the Plans Examiner of the Day at 913-895-6225 to determine if you need a permit for the design of your structure or to bury a gas supply line.
Open Burn Permits
A permit is required for open burns larger than three feet by two feet in size on public streets and public or private grounds. There is no fee.
Online Permit Application
- Apply online for a 30-day burn permit. (After 30 days you must submit a "new" application for an additional 30 days.)
- The Overland Park Fire Department will review your permit request. Applications received after-hours will be processed the next business day.
- One time visit from a fire inspector for first time requests. The fire inspector will call and schedule an on-site inspection.
- If the site is satisfactory, the burn permit will be issued.
- Open burn permits generally are not issued in neighborhoods where it is densely populated.
Open Burn Rules
Help the fire department keep you safe during an open burn by following these rules.
- Smoke: In Overland Park, burn only clean, seasoned, dried firewood. Oils, tires, tar paper and leaves should not be burned. Merriam residents are permitted to burn leaves per Merriam code.
- Conditions: Wait to begin an open burn until an hour after sunrise and extinguish your fire by sunset. Burn only when winds are greater than five mph and less than 15 mph. Do not burn on days with fog or heavy cloud cover.
- Distance: Burn at least 50 feet from buildings and roads, and at least a mile from any airport.
- Supervision: Attend to your fire until it is extinguished.
- Air Quality: Check air quality every day you plan to burn for final approval. Both the EPA and Johnson County Environmental Department provide air quality reports.
OPFD code officials can order a fire extinguished when burning creates a hazardous situation.