High Wind Event Cleanup

Polk County, IA - High Wind Event Cleanup (12/16/2021) –

As our communities begin the work of storm debris cleanup, keep in mind that open burning is not allowed within the cities of Des Moines, West Des Moines, Clive, Windsor Heights, Urbandale, and Pleasant Hill.

In cities not listed above contact your city or check the Air Quality Division’s Polk County Cities and Municipalities Open Burning Ordinances page to determine if open burning is allowed in your location.

In unincorporated areas of Polk County open burning may be used to dispose of trees, branches, leaves and landscape waste on your residential property. The open burning is limited to the property of origination, no hauled-in material is allowed to be burned. Open burning is allowed for trees, branches, leaves and landscape waste landing or ending up on your residential property.

Commercial properties are prohibited from open burning in Polk County. In all areas of Polk County it is illegal to open burn dimensional lumber, building debris, shingles, siding, plastics, refuse, rubbish, garbage, etc.

If you have questions regarding opening burning visit our Open Burning Guidance page or contact us at: (515)-286-3705 or by Email: