The Renville County Board of Commissioners has passed an ordinance authorizing and regulating the conduct of open burning within Renville County. Cities may further restrict burning within the boundaries of their jurisdiction.
The ordinance includes a general permit, which allows for the open burning of wood and vegetative material only, either piled or a running fire. Wood is defined as trees, shrubs and clean, unpainted lumber. Burning of standing buildings is not allowed, except by special permit from the DNR to fire departments for training purposes. More details can be found in the adopted ordinance, which may be obtained from Renville County Administration.
The most significant change outlined in the new ordinance is that to burn in rural Renville County, property owners and occupants no longer need to obtain a burning permit from the License Bureau or pay the associated fee. Permission for open burning is extended to all rural residents in the County, provided burning conforms to all other provisions of this ordinance and state law. Even though the owner or occupant of a property will no longer have a paper burning permit, they still need to notify Renville County
Sheriff’s Office – Dispatch (320-523-1161) each day before starting an open fire and each subsequent day if the fire carries over from day to day. The Sheriff’s Office will keep a record of who is burning, where they are burning and what is being burned.
Questions about the new ordinance may be directed to the Renville County Sheriff’s Office at (320) 523-1161.