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man burning brushSection 8-3 of the Woodbury City Code requires single-family homeowners to obtain a burning permit prior to having a brush fire on their property. Commercial burning is prohibited. There is no charge for a permit. 

Application for a permit should be made at least 24 hours in advance and a site inspection is conducted prior to issue. A brush fire permit will be issued for up to three days at a time and the signed copy of the approved permit must be retained by the homeowner.

Anytime the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources issues a burning ban that includes the Woodbury area, no new burning permits will be issued and all existing permits are cancelled until the ban is lifted. For more information on fire condition and burning restrictions, visit the DNR website.

Burning permits require that brush fires conform to the following:
          • Fires are allowed to a maximum of 6 feet in diameter.
          • Only natural wood may be burned.  Burning of leaves, grass, treated or painted wood, plastic or rubber is not allowed.
          • Brush fires are limited to daylight hours.
          • Pieces to be burned shall not exceed 4 inches in diameter.
          • Fire are allowed to a maximum of 6 feet in diameter.

To apply, fill out the Brush Fire Permit form. Completed forms can be emailed to, faxed to 651-714-3708 or returned in person to the Public Safety Building, 2100 Radio Drive, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Please use the entrance marked "Police."

This policy does not pertain to recreational fires. For more information on recreational fires, visit the recreational fire page. You may also contact the Fire Department at  or by calling (651) 714-3600.