Recreational fires and permits

Important note

This permit is not required to be renewed annually. You only need to complete this form if you have not previously requested a recreational fire permit at this address.

Here are some commonly asked questions and answers about recreational fires and permits, as well as an application for a burning permit. Call the Minnetonka Fire Department at 952.939.8598 if you have further questions.

A family enjoys an evening around a campfire.Do I need a burning permit for a recreational fire?
Yes. All recreational fires within the city of Minnetonka require a burning permit from the city. Once issued, the permit does not have to be renewed annually, but may be rescinded or cancelled by the Minnetonka Fire Department at any time. The burning permit application is at the bottom of this page.
What are the requirements for a burning permit?
The person signing the application is responsible for conducting, controlling and extinguishing the recreational fire. The burning permit is valid only for the property is issued for. Complete requirements are listed below with the recreational fire permit application.
Reminder
The city of Minnetonka asks its residents to be considerate of their neighbors when having a recreational fire, such as smoke traveling onto adjoining property where breathing problems with the residents may exist.
The weather should be considered before burning as high winds or dry conditions may not be the best time to have a fire.

Recreational Fire Permit Application

By submitting this application, the applicant agrees to the terms and conditions below. Please read all conditions carefully and print a copy for your records—you must display a copy of this completed permit upon demand.

Read carefully!

This permit is granted pursuant to Minnetonka City Code Section 900.

  • The applicant is responsible for conducting, controlling and extinguishing the fire.
  • The fire must be attended at all times and completely extinguished when through.
  • The applicant must have a means of extinguishing the fire readily available while burning.
  • The size of the fire shall not exceed 3 feet by 3 feet.
  • Fire pits must be a minimum of 10 feet off the property line
  • Wood for burning must be a minimum of 3 inches in diameter or bigger
  • No trash, brush, leaves or treated lumber may be burned. Public Works provides a brush drop-off. For dates, times and additional information, please see the Brush Drop-Off page.
  • The applicant agrees to extinguish their fire if the smoke is unreasonably offensive or injurious to others as determined by the city.
  • This permit is valid only on the property listed. The fire may not extend beyond the boundaries of that property.
  • A recreational fire permit does not relieve the applicant from liability due to damage resulting from the fire or smoke.
  • This permit is not required to be renewed annually, but may be rescinded or cancelled by the Minnetonka Fire Department at any time.
  • As the permit holder, you are reminded to be considerate of your neighbors when having a recreational fire. Be aware of the smoke from your fire traveling onto adjoining property where people may have breathing problems such as asthma or emphysema. The weather should also be considered before burning as high winds or dry conditions may not be the best time to have a fire.

Please print a copy for your records

Once you have completed this form, don’t forget to print a copy of it for your records. Your printed copy serves as the permit: you will not be receiving a copy in the mail. You must display a copy of this completed permit upon demand.

By submitting this application, the applicant agrees to the terms and conditions above.

Recreational fire permit application form

Please fill out the below form to request a recreational fire permit from the City of Minnetonka.

Contact information: required for all applications
Submit request: required