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Imlay City fire

Online Burning Permit System

For the issuance of burning permits in:

City of Imlay City

Open burning is NOT permitted in the City of Imlay City by City Ordinance

94:1 See Ordinance Link

However, the City Commission had authorized the Fire Chief to allow for small recreational campfires limited in size to 10 square feet, with the additional requirement that the campfire do not create a public nuisance. Additionally, burning may be allowed during special events approved by the City of Imlay City Commission or the Fire Chief.

Open burning is allowed in Imlay City under the following Conditions:

  1. You must have a permit to have an open burn.

  2. Any person who maliciously sets a fire which endangers human life or destroys the property of another, may upon conviction, be assessed a fine of not more than $10,000, or imprisonment for a term of not more than 10 years or both such fine and imprisonment.

  3. Any person who sets a fire without taking responsible precautions to prevent the escape thereof or leaves the fire before it is extinguished is guilt of a misdemeanor.

  4. And person who negligently allows fire to escape is liable for all expenses incurred by Imlay City/Imlay Township in the suppression of such fire.

  5. Any permit issued may be revoked if conditions are not met or if burning cannot be done safely.

  6. This permit does not supersede any other Acts, Ordinance, or rule, which further restricts or prohibits the setting of fires.


Local Ordinance:

Any person, firm, or corporation who violated any provision of this charter is responsible for a municipal civil infraction, subject to payment of a civil fine of not less than $500 plus costs and other sanctions for each infraction.

Repeat offenses under this chapter shall be subject to increased fines as provided in local ordinance.

Issuance of permit does NOT relieve the permittee of:

  • His/her responsibility of complying with all air pollution laws, regulations and ordinances.

  • His/her responsibility of keeping a competent watch over the fire.

  • His/her responsibility of any damage the fire may cause to other parties or their property. Good judgement MUST be used when burning even though a permit has been obtained.




Permissible Burning:

Recreational Campfires are defined as a small recreational campfires that are limited to 3 feet by in size that are contained within a metal fire ring or other self-contained metal unit.


Assistance Completing Forms/ Questions

For residents served by the Imlay City Fire Department having questions or needing assistance in filling out forms should call the following numbers based on your local government:

Imlay City Residents should call City Hall at 810-724-2135.


Minimum Requirements

You must have the items listed below in order to burn.

  1. You must be 18 or older to obtain a burn permit

  2. A charged garden hose or a five gallon bucket of water unless the ground is completely covered in snow

  3. Must have a shovel or rake

  4. Must be at least 20 feet from structures

  5. Must use a fire ring or self-contained metal unit


Open burning is prohibited for any of the following reasons:

  1. The burning is offensive due to smoke and/or odor emissions when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires objectionable to others.

  2. Location of the open burning is less than 20 feet from any structure,

  3. The open burning is not constantly attended and/or a garden hose or other approved fire extinguishing equipment is not available for use.

  4. A fire ring or self-contained metal unit are not used.


If burning violated any of the rules above, your permit to burn may be revoked by the Fire Chief of his designee until such a time can demonstrate compliance with these rules.

Permits are normally valid for up to seven (7) days (Monday - Sunday). Subsequent burning without a permit is a violation of these rules. Unless restricted due to weather conditions,this permit will be valid from 5/30/2024 through 6/2/2024

By completing the following form, I request authorization to start or cause to be started a fire upon land under my control at the specified address.

Has your ability to obtain a burn permit ever been restricted due to a violation of the open burning rules?

Shall encompass an area of (estimated sq ft.)

The fuels burned shall consist of:

As a permittee I certify:

  • I understand and acknowledge that this permit can be cancelled at any time by the Fire Department:

    1. If weather conditions dictate

    2. If a burn ban is issued by the Fire Chief or by order of the Governor

    3. If the permittee fails to comply with the open burning rules

  • I will take reasonable steps to control the fire at all times and will ensure it is completely extinguished before leaving the fire site.

  • Should my fire become dangerous or get out of my control, I know I am to contact local emergency services by dialing 911.

  • I am familiar with all rules and regulations pertaining to my burning project. This includes local laws/regulations which may not be addressed on this website.

  • If burning for more than one day and conditions are dry, I will check my email for any notice of burning restrictions.

By pressing the "Submit" button below, you are agreeing to comply with all laws and regulations, pertaining to open burning. An email with your permit number will be sent to the address you have provided. It is recommended that you print a copy of the permit and have it with you when burning.


Example: 1112223333

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