What are the restrictions for open burning in the City?

Burn barrels are prohibited within the Bellevue city limits. Small fires for cooking purposes (i.e. grills, cooking ring, outdoor fire place with cooking grates or underground cooking pits are allowed). Charcoal grills are not allowed on wooden decks of any multi-family dwelling (apartment complex).

The only materials that can be burned with a burn permit are trees, brush, weeds, garden waste, and natural vegetation. Burning of these materials shall be in small piles, and may be inspected at any time. Burning of manufactured wood, such as pallets, deck wood, or any type of structural materials; any type of paper, plastic, or rubber, or any types of vehicles or parts of vehicles are not allowed.

A burn permit must be obtained from the Bellevue Fire Department before any materials are burned. Burn permits can be obtained Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, at the District #1 Fire Station, 211 West 22nd Ave, Bellevue (directly behind City Hall) for a fee.

When burning with a permit, there must be a responsible person in attendance with a water supply adequate to put out the fire, if needed.

For further information or questions, please contact the Fire Investigator at (402) 293-3100.