Coronavirus Affects City Services

To prevent the spread of coronavirus in our community, Johnson County Government has ordered residents to stay at home except for essential needs, beginning Tuesday, March 24 for 30 days.

The Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, Recycling Center, and playgrounds and shelters at City parks are closed, and many other City services are affected by this order.

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Fire Permits

Coronavirus Precautions

New burn permits will not be issued at this time and fire inspectors will not be visiting any new burn sites. All permits approved before March 23 will be processed as usual.

Open Burn Permits

A permit is required for open burns on public streets and public or private property, except for recreational fires. Open burn permits are generally not issued in densely-populated neighborhoods.

Apply for an open burn permit online using the ePLACE portal for permitting, inspections, plans, licenses, and code enforcement.

Apply for a Permit

The fire department will review your permit request. First-time requests require an on-site visit from a fire inspector, who will call to schedule the inspection.

Recreational Fires

No permit is required to use fire pits, chimineas, or decorative flame torches 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 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.

Outdoor Fireplaces and Kitchens

Large outdoor fireplaces and ovens are allowed in Overland Park and do not require a fire department permit.

Plans Examiner of the Day

Please check with the plans examiner to determine if you need a permit for the design of your structure or to bury a gas line.