Upon receipt of an application to open burn, Polk County may issue a permit for an open fire for the following purposes. Disaster rubbish, tree and tree trimmings, landscape waste (clearing & grubbing), training fires, bonfire, right of way clean up and prairie maintenance.
Issued Burn Permits:
Each open burn permit may contain conditions and is subject to the provisions set forth in Polk Count Board of Health Rules & Regulations Chapter V –Air Pollution.
Open Burning Forms
Open Burning within the City of Des Moines (Polk & Warren Counties) Instructions
Burn Permit Exemption & Fire Department Notification Information
Effective August 5, 2013- Public gatherings under the legitimate sponsorship of civic fraternal, religious, education or similar organization are not required to obtain a burn permit for these events located within parks that allow open burning. However, a notification is required to the Air Quality Division and Fire Department having jurisdiction over the park. The notification form is provided below.
EPA Open Burning Links