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Open Burning & Burn Permit

If you’re inside the city limits of Rogersville you must adhere to City Ordinance #338 which requires the person responsible for the burn to obtain a permit. This ordinance can be viewed at


If you live outside of the city limits you do not have to obtain a burn permit in order to burn rubbish and yard waste that originated on the premise.


The following are acceptable materials that can be disposed of by burning.

  • Yard waste which includes trees, tree leaves, brush or other vegetation

  • Recreational fires: Campfires and other fires used solely for recreational purposes, ceremonial occasions or for outdoor noncommercial preparation of food are allowed in Missouri. Fires shall include only vegetative woody materials or untreated wood products.

The open burning of untreated wood waste from trade, construction and demolition waste must be burned between sunrise and sunset, be supervised at all times, occur at least 200 yards away from the nearest structure not owned by the party conducting the burn.


Missouri allows open burning of household refuse from four dwelling units or less provided it originates and is burned on the same premises. This exemption does not apply to mobile home parks or apartment complexes. Residential waste is solid waste produced by routine household activities, such as paper waste and garbage from daily activities. This does not include home remodeling wastes, wastes from home businesses, durable goods such as old appliances, carpets or furniture, tires, or other non-routine household waste.


Materials such as tires or used oil shall not be used to start the fires or be burned in the fires.


Additional information and facts can be read from the following link to the Department of Natural Resource website.


Safety Concerns


  1. Avoid burning on dry and/or windy days.

  2. Establish a control barrier around the material being burned in order to prevent the fire from spreading unintentionally.

  3. Stay with all outdoor fires until they are completely out.

  4. Have hand tools or a water hose nearby in case of an emergency.

  5. Be aware of where your smoke is going. Avoid burning when your smoke will be bothersome to neighbors or sensitive locations such as highways.


If you have any questions, please call us at (417) 753-4265


In Case of Emergency Call 911

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