Yellowstone County, Montana
Disaster & Emergency Services
Open Burning Permits Contact Department


Open burn permits can be purchased for $8.00 online at:

or in person at:
Yellowstone County DES office
Stillwater Building - 3rd floor
316 North 26th Street
Billings MT 59101

To activate your burn permit, please call 855-567-2956 or go to:

Frequently Asked Questions | Prohibited Materials | View Burning Status


***Please Read Before Applying***

Before obtaining your permit you will acknowledge that you have read and understand the liability you hold in regards to open burning. Your permit may be revoked at any time if you do not adhere to these policies.

Pursuant to MCA 7-33-2205, the county governing body requires written permits for all open burning within county jurisdiction and may establish fire seasons annually. Commissioners can suspend open burning when conditions warrant.

Under the provision of MCA 50-63-103 you are Liable for any and all fire suppression costs and damages resulting from an escaped and/or uncontrollable fire. You are liable for your fires even after you have been issued a permit. Under MCA 45-6-102, a person commits the offense of negligent arson if he purposely places the property of another in danger of damage or destruction and can be fined $500.00.

Once you have been issued a permit, it is your responsibility to activate your burn permit either online at or by calling toll free 1-855-567-2956 on each day that burning is anticipated. You will need to provide the following information:

a. Location of where burning will be conducted.
b. Time when burning will take place

During a National Weather Service Red Flag Warning, no open burning is allowed.

An open burning permit may be suspended or revoked at any time when conditions warrant, or when the permit holder is in non-compliance with the Open Burning Policy. The Fire Marshal/Fire Chief has the authority to discontinue any open burn.

Please check the list of prohibited materials before applying for an open burning permit. The materials listed May Not be disposed of by burning with or without a permit.

You Must have an open burning permit to burn any non-prohibited materials.

Do Not Leave Fire Unattended
Open Burning During Daylight Hours Only