In an effort to maintain social distancing, permit forms can be completed on-line and then emailed to In all spaces where initials are required, please TYPE IN your initials. On the signature line please TYPE IN your name if you do not have the electronic capability to insert signatures.


Open Burn Permits have been required in our District since January 1, 2012. The application can be accessed by clicking on the “Burn Permit Application” above. Once the application is completed please email it to We will attempt to process all applications within 24 hours of receipt during the work week. Applications received on the weekend will be processed on Monday.
You will receive an email once the application is processed with the approved application attached. The approved application must be available on site for viewing at any time burning is occurring.


If you had a permit last year, renewals can be accomplished by calling 970-382-6000 or the preferred method is to email We will email or call you back once your renewal is completed.

Who Needs a Burn Permit?

Anyone burning, other than an agricultural production burn or a campfire no greater than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in flame height, is required to apply for a burn permit. Burn piles are restricted in size to 4 feet by 4 feet and the material to be burned shall be limited to natural vegetation less than 6 inches in diameter. Burn requests greater than this will require a State of Colorado Smoke Permit,

What Can I Burn?

The State of Colorado does not allow the burning of coated or treated wood products, tree stumps, cut lumber, construction debris, plastics, tires, rubber, trash other than paper products and other chemical products.

What is an Agricultural Burn?

Agricultural burns are burns done for the production of agricultural products on land that is listed by the tax accessor as agricultural or for which the proper agricultural tax documents are filed annually.

Can I Burn Within the City of Durango?

No open burning is permitted within the City Limits of Durango other than recreational fires up to 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in flame height for cooking or warming.