Burning Permits

Recreational Burning

The Delhi Township Fire Department issues burning permits, and wants to help insure that your recreational burning experience is a safe, happy one for everyone involved.

With that wish in mind, we want to provide the following tips:

  • Only well-seasoned wood or charcoal should be burned
  • Never leave the open fire unattended. State of Michigan law requires that all open fires must be attended at all times
  • Always have a water supply and shovel nearby
  • Use water to extinguish the fire. Keep adding water and stirring the ashes until no additional hot spots are found
  • Never use soil to extinguish a fire. Soil alone may not extinguish a fire, but may simply insulate it and allow it to escape later
  • The permit issued to you is for a specific burning utensil. If the utensil is changed, a new permit is required. There is no charge for the permit
  • A permit is required for any open fire
  • No yard wastes may be burned

Delhi Township Ordinance 70.9 - Recreational Burning

Ordinance requirements include:

  • Cooking fires are not regulated
  • Annual permit is required - phone 517-694-3327
  • Fire must be 25 feet from any combustibles
  • Flame height maximum 24 inches
  • Fire base maximum 36 inches in diameter
  • No brush, leaves or debris
  • Fire must be extinguished by midnight
  • Water supply must be nearby
  • Fire must be attended at all times
  • Extinguishment is required if wind is over 10 mph
  • Fire department may require extinguishment if fire is causing a nuisance to persons
  • New permit is required for each burning utensil