Burning Permits

The Village of Germantown requires a burn permit to burn yard waste.  

Burning permits are not needed for cooking fires, camp fires, grills or outdoor fire places. 

Please contact the Germantown Fire Department to obtain a *free* 30-day burning permit:

  • Call 262-502-4701, ext. 1714
  • Visit the Station at N115W18752 Edison Drive M-F between 8am-4:30pm
  • Email burnpermits@germantownwi.gov 
    • Please include with your email:
    • First and Last Name with Middle initial
    • Drivers License Number
    • Date of birth
    • Burn location
    • Address
    • Phone Number

No burning is authorized until you are in possession of a burning permit - the fine for burning without a permit is over $200!

Click HERE to view Burning Ordinance

 Burning Ordinance Quick Notes

1. No bigger than 5x5x5 in size for brush burning (Permit Required) 

2. 50’ from a structure for yard waste 

3. 25’ from a structure for a recreational burn 

4. Wind velocity must not exceed 12MPH per the National Weather Service 

5. No bigger than 3x3x2 for a recreational fire (fire pit)

6. No permit is needed for a recreational fire (fire pit)

7. Brush / yard waste burning allowed between 08:00 and 20:00 

8. Fire must be attended continually until extinguished 

9. Must have a means of extinguishment 

10. Prohibited Burning: 

A. Garbage, tires

B. Materials emitting toxic fumes or substances, noxious odors or creating health hazards 

C. Flammable liquids or other materials which may create a fire hazard

D. Building Materials, waste materials and rubbish resulting from building construction, demolition, or site clearings


The Authority Having Jurisdiction has Authority to Immediately Require a Fire be Discontinued if it is determined to create a Hazardous Condition