The City of Durango’s and La Plata County’s adoption of the International Fire Code authorizes and requires the Fire Department to inspect all commercial properties subject to fire regulations. A fire prevention inspection program has been developed to meet this requirement.

Permits are required for open burns, fireworks displays, tents in some cases, and for blasting/explosives.


Construction Fire Inspections

Fire Inspectors understand that your time is just as valuable as theirs. We strive to accommodate all requested construction inspections but do ask for a minimum 48 hours of advance notice. Your inspector will have been assigned to the project at the time of review. Please check your plan review for this information.

Existing Building Inspections

Durango Fire Protection District performs fire code compliance inspections in our existing buildings and businesses on a routine, risk-based schedule. However, from time to time, business owners need us to complete an inspection outside of our normally scheduled timeframe for various reasons such as a requirement of another agency. To request an inspection, please complete the inspection request form and email it to

Adopted Fire Code

Jurisdiction Adopted Code Appendices Adopted Other Amendments
City of Durango 12 003 IFC B, C, E, F, and G 2015 IFC Durango Adoption
La Plata County 12 003 IFC B, C, E, F, and G 2003 IFC LPC Adoption

Common Violations by Occupancy

  • Assembly (restaurant, bars, churches, gymnasium, concert halls)·
  • Mercantile (retail stores)
  • Factory
  • Storage
  • Business
  • Residential R-1 (Hotel/Motels)
  • Residential R-2 (Apartments, Multi-family)
  • Institutional (jail, hospital, daycare)


A request for a modification or variance to an adopted fire code requirement requires the completion and submittal of an application. Please click here to access the application.


All permit applications are to be emailed to

Open Burn Permits


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”. 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.


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,


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 IN 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.

Tent Permit

Tents exceeding 1000 square feet are required to have an operational permit.  

Fireworks Display Permit

All fireworks displays shall be required to have an operational permit. 

Blasting/Explosives Permit

All blasting or use of explosives with the Durango Fire Protection District requires a local permit in addition to the state of Colorado Permit.