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UPDATE 4/28/20: The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has lifted the burning ban they had previously put in place. In Watertown Township, burn permits are required and are issued through the Looking Glass Regional Fire Authority; contact them directly with questions regarding burn permits at (517) 627-9831.
A permit is required for outdoor burning. Burn permits are free, but the fine for not having a burn permit can range from $250 - $500. A resident or property owner can be issued a burning permit effective for the calendar year of January 1 - December 31. General permits can be obtained between the hours of 7:00am and 5:00pm. Bonfire permits can be obtained between the hours of 7:00am and 10:00pm.
Burn permits are issued at the fire station located at 7720 W. Grand River; your annual permit will be issued after you have read and acknowledged the township burn ordinance. The ordinance lists your responsibilities and burning restrictions. You will be given a copy of your signed permit for your records. Once you have received your permit, you will be directed to call the phone number listed on your permit each day you will be burning and a recording will inform you if burning is allowed that day. If the conditions are not favorable for burning , you will be informed that no burning is permitted that day.
Citizens can also apply for a burn permit online
and the required information will be sent to fire administration for approval. Once reviewed and authorized, the resident will receive a copy of their permit with the applicable rules and regulations via return email. This will come with instructions to print and have available for inspection upon request by fire department personnel.
Please note: you are only applying
for a burning permit via this online process. You may not burn until you have received an actual permit via return email.
Visit the Open Burning page of the Looking Glass Regional Fire Authority website for more information.