Burn Permit Link

To obtain a burn permit Please Click here

To do any controlled burning you must first obtain a burn permit.  The easiest option to obtain a burn permit is to follow the link above to the City of Lapeer Township burn permit program.  Or you can call the City of Lapeer Fire Department at 810-664-0833.  Please note that you will be leaving the Lapeer Township website and going to the City of Lapeer’s website.  Burn permits are valid through Sunday!
Not obtaining a burn permit may result in a fire run charge.  The Township of Lapeer contracts from Lapeer City for our Fire Protection coverage.

Fire run charges are as follows:
Class A – Fire Department Response: Typically are responses that require the largest number of personnel and equipment; such as structure fires, vehicle fires on private property, grass fires, electrical related incidents (downed wires, arcing wires, pole fires, etc.) and any other Fire Department response not specifically enumerated in the other response classifications.

  • $2,500.00 resident
  • $3,000.00 non-resident

Class B – Fire Department Response: Typically include Rescue responses, washdowns, and: vehicle fires on a public roadway. Rescue responses are defined as an emergency or non-emergency situation in which the need for the Fire Department’s rescue related equipment is the primary reason for the response. Automobile extrication, confined space rescue calls, and carbon monoxide responses requiring more resources than the Fire Department Duty Officer are included in this category. A washdown is defined as a nonemergency situation, normally requiring only a single truck response.

  • $   750.00 resident
  • $1,000.00 non-resident

Class C – Fire Department Response: Calls in this category require only the response of the Fire Department’s Duty Officer. These calls typically include carbon monoxide alarms, outdoor burning complaints, and minor smoke investigations (this list is not all inclusive).

  • $500.00 resident
  • $600.00 non-resident/commercial/industrial

Class D – Fire Department Response: Calls in this category are limited to False Alarms. False alarms shall include any situation in which an alarm has been received Lapeer County Central Dispatch (911) and the Fire Department’s personnel have been notified to respond and it is determined that the alarm or the reason for the call is false. This may include vehicle incidents or calls in which the Fire Department response is cancelled after being dispatched.

  • $500.00 resident, up to two calls in a 12 month period.
  • $750.00 resident, more than two calls in any 12 month period.
  • $1,000.00 non-resident may include vehicle dispatch.

Class E – Hazmat:

  • $5,000.00 hazmat (plus any additional fees incurred for cleanup)

Make sure that you obtain a rider on your homeowners insurance to cover the above charges as you are responsible to reimburse the township for any fees incurred if a service is provided.

2017 Burn Permit Information

The City of Lapeer Fire and Rescue Department issues burn permits year round for open burning (including bonfires and campfires) in Lapeer Township. Only natural vegetation (brush, grass, leaves, logs, tree limbs, firewood, yard clippings and similar items) can be burned. Lumber or wood products such as dimensional lumber, plywood, chipboard, etc. is not considered to be natural vegetation and the burning of such materials is not permitted. Burning of any type of construction materials including PVC, siding, wiring, paint, etc. is strictly prohibited by State law.

Household trash (paper and similar garbage generated at a household) may be burned at one or two family dwellings only; and only in an approved container as long as it does not create a smoke or odor nuisance. Items that are not permitted to be burned at any time include plastic, rubber, foam, textiles, electronics, chemicals, construction waste, natural vegetation from a commercial site, pallets, tires, paint, petroleum products, hazardous materials, etc. An approved container is one constructed of metal or masonry with a metal covering device (screen) with openings no larger than 3/4″. If you’re not sure if an item is allowed to be burned in the open, please contact the Fire Department offices by telephone (810-664-0833) or by email at lapeerfd@ci.lapeer.mi.us and they will assist you in the determination.

Unless restricted due to weather conditions, permits are normally valid for up to seven (7) days (Monday – Sunday). Subsequent burning without a permit is a violation of these rules. Permits may be obtained 24 hours a day online at or by calling the Fire Department offices at (810) 664-0833. Permits issued by telephone must be obtained between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday except for the following dates, when the Fire Department offices are closed.

PERMITS FOR THESE DATES ARE ONLY AVAILABLE USING THE ONLINE PERMITTING SYSTEM.
January 1 – New Years Day
January 16 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
April 14 – Good Friday
May 29 – Memorial Day
July 4 – Independence Day
August 18 – Lapeer Days
September 4 – Labor Day
November 10 – Veteran’s Day
November 23 & 24 – Thanksgiving
December 22 & 25 – Christmas
December 29 – New Years Eve

If you have any questions regarding burn permits, please contact the Fire Department at (810) 664-0833 or lapeerfd@ci.lapeer.mi.us.

2018 Burn Permit Information

Burn permits are issued year round for open burning (including bonfires and campfires) in Lapeer Township. Only natural vegetation (brush, grass, leaves, logs, tree limbs, firewood, yard clippings and similar items) can be burned. Lumber or wood products such as dimensional lumber, plywood, chipboard, etc is not considered to be natural vegetation and the burning of such materials is not permitted. Burning of any type of construction materials including PVC, siding, wiring, paint, etc is strictly prohibited by State law.

Household trash (paper and similar garbage generated at a household) may be burned at one or two family dwellings only; and only in an approved container as long as it does not create a smoke or odor nuisance. Items that are not permitted to be burned at any time include plastic, rubber, foam, textiles, electronics, chemicals, construction waste, natural vegetation from a commercial site, pallets, tires, paint, petroleum products, hazardous materials, etc. An approved container is one constructed of metal or masonry with a metal covering device (screen) with openings no larger than 3/4″. If you’re not sure if an item is allowed to be burned in the open, please contact the Fire Department offices by telephone (810-664-0833) or by email at lapeerfd@ci.lapeer.mi.us and they will assist you in the determination.

Unless restricted due to weather conditions, permits are normally valid for up to seven (7) days (Monday – Sunday). Subsequent burning without a permit is a violation of these rules. Permits may be obtained 24 hours a day online at http://www.ci.lapeer.mi.us/firedept/info.asp, at www.lapeertownship.org/firerun.htm, or by calling the Fire Department offices at (810) 664-0833. Permits issued by telephone must be obtained between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday except for the following dates, when the Fire Department offices are closed.

PERMITS FOR THESE DATES ARE ONLY AVAILABLE USING THE ONLINE PERMITTING SYSTEM.
January 1 – New Years Day
January 15 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
March 30 – Good Friday
May 28 – Memorial Day
July 4 – Independence Day
August 17 – Lapeer Days
September 3 – Labor Day
November 12 – Veteran’s Day
November 22 & 23 – Thanksgiving
December 24 & 25 – Christmas
December 31 – New Years Eve

If you have any questions regarding burn permits, please contact the Fire Department at (810) 664-0833 or lapeerfd@ci.lapeer.mi.us.

REFLECTIVE ADDRESS MARKERS

These can be a life saver for emergency responders to locate your home in an emergency.  For purchase information contact:

Lapeer County EMS at 810-664-2927