McHenry County Department of Health - Environmental Health

Open Burning Ordinance

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Summary of Open Burning of Landscape Waste Regulations

McHenry County Public Health Ordinance
Article III - Section 1.29
Effective April 1, 2008

PROHIBITED AT ALL TIMES:

  • Burning of manure, garbage, litter, etc. on any property in McHenry County
  • Burning of landscape waste within 100' of a habitable structure (i.e. residence, school, etc.)
  • Burning of landscape waste within 50' of a non-habitable structure (i.e. detached garage, barn, etc.)

RESTRICTIONS WHEN GREATER THAN 100' FROM A HABITABLE STRUCTURE AND 50' FROM A NON-HABITABLE STRUCTURE

  • Only landscape waste and only on the property where the landscape waste was generated
  • Only during the months of April, May, October and November (weekends only)
  • Only between dawn and dusk
  • Only when the winds are less than 10 mph
  • Must be supervised by an individual at least 18 years of age
  • A fire extinguisher, garden hose, or water source must be available by the burning site.

500' EXEMPTIONS

Burning of on-site generated landscape waste 500' or greater from a habitable structure is allowed:

1. During any month of the year
2. On any day of the week
3. At any time of the day

Note:  All other prohibitions/restrictions apply.


OTHER EXEMPTIONS

  • Recreational fires, not larger than 3'x3'x3', and excludes leaves, grass or shrubbery clippings
  • Ceremonial fires (bonfires) larger than 3'x3'x3', and excludes leaves, grass or shrubbery clippings; permit required from McHenry County Department of Health 
  • Habitat Reclamation or Firefighter

ENFORCEMENT

Any officer of the McHenry County Department of Health, law enforcement agency, fire department or fire protection district is authorized to enforce the provisions of this Ordinance.


OPEN BURNING ORDINANCE

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