Procedure for managing municipal wood debris, flood debris & trees and tree trimmings:
The following guidelines and recommendations are intended for municipalities that are accumulating wood debris, flood debris, trees and tree trimmings. Alternatives to open burning should be considered, but are not limited to: tub grinding, chipping or composting.
- All governmental entities must obtain a permit to burn from Polk County.
- The burn site shall be operated by a local governmental entity.
- Access is controlled to the site by fencing.
- Burning is supervised at all times.
- Burning should only be conducted under favorable weather conditions.
- The burn site is limited to areas at least 1/4 mile (1320 ft) from any residential building.
- You are encouraged to contact the Air Quality Division for assistance in obtaining your burn permit.
Polk County Public Works Department – AQD
5885 NE 14th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50313
Phone: (515) 286-3705
Fax: (515) 286-3437
Smaller burn piles are preferable over one large burn pile. Burning should be conducted so that each burn is completed each day. The purpose of this recommendation is to prevent large piles of smoldering wood.
Ash and remaining materials left over from the burn is considered solid waste and shall be disposed of at a landfill.
Alternatives to open burning should be considered, but are not limited to: tub grinding, chipping or composting.