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Commerce Township Burning Permits

Annual Burn Permit

Open Burning, Bonfires, and Recreational Fires shall be permitted subject to the rules of this article. The rules of this article are governed by the Charter Township of Commerce Ordinances (Chapter 20 – Fire Prevention and Protection, 2.011 – Fee Ordinance), International Fire Code 2012 (Section 307), and State of Michigan Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act 451 of 1994. For the purposes of this permit the terms Open Burning, Bonfire, and Recreational Fire will be used interchangeably unless specifically outlined below or on the reverse side. 

Burn permits may be obtained from any of the four Commerce Township Fire Stations. The fee for an annual burn permit is $5.00 (CASH ONLY ACCEPTED). The stations are not able to make change. 

Station 1: 1705 Commerce Road - 248-360-5441
Station 2: 9170 Commerce Road - 248-366-1346
Station 3: 2150 Welch Road - 248-624-5190
Station 4: 2401 Glengary Road - 248-560-0051

LOSS OF PRIVILEGES AND/OR FINES WILL RESULT BY NOT FOLLOWING THESE GUIDELINES.
******* When Burning…Be Considerate Of Your Neighbors ******* 

THE BURNING OF LEAVES IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED

PERMIT RULES

 1)    A permit to burn shall be obtained from the fire department prior to any burning.

2)    A Burn Permit will only be issued to the Owner of the land upon which the fire is to be kindled.

3)    RESPONSIBLE PERSON IN ATTENDANCE: Fires shall be attended at all times by a person 14 years of age or older until the fire is extinguished.

4)    FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS PROHIBITED: The use of flammable liquids to ignite or enhance a fire is strictly prohibited. This includes the use of gasoline, starter fluid, kerosene, diesel fuel and any other flammable liquid is prohibited. This is a very dangerous practice and could result in severe injury or death.

5)    METHOD OF EXTINGUISHMENT: There must a method of extinguishment readily available at all times. This includes a garden hose, fire extinguisher, water bucket, sand, or dirt.

6)    A fire official is authorized to order the extinguishment of any fire upon the following conditions:

a)    A valid permit for the current year has NOT been obtained.

b)    If the fire official has reason to believe that flammable liquids were used at any time during the process.

c)    The burning creates or adds to a hazardous situation. This includes no burning or smoke emissions on any road way, right of way, or safety path.

d)    When atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous. No burning when the wind speed is above 10 MPH.

e)    If a complaint is received by the fire department due to an unsafe fire or smoke or odor emissions from a fire the fire department will respond to investigate. If the fire is in violation of any provision of this permit the fire official is authorized to order the extinguishment of the fire. Multiple and/or repeated violations may result in a municipal civil infraction and/or revocation of the burning permit.

7)    MATERIALS PERMITTED: Yard Waste is defined and the burning of brush, twigs, limbs is permitted. The burning of Seasoned Fire Wood shall be allowed.

8)    WHAT MATERIALS ARE NOT ALLOWED: The burning of stumps, leaves, grass, trees (including any type of pine tree used for holiday purposes) is not allowed in Commerce Township or the Village of Wolverine Lake. The burning of the following materials is also prohibited: plastic, rubber, shingles, garbage, tires, petroleum products, furniture, fiberglass, treated lumber or construction materials.

9)    OPEN FIRES: Burning of yard waste and/or Recreational Fires shall not be less than 50 feet from any structure and provisions shall be made to prevent the fire from spreading to within 50 feet of any structure. This provision specifically applies to those fires which are not contained in a fire pit surrounded by a metal ring, cement block, or a portable outdoor fireplace. 

10)ENCLOSED FIRES: Those fires which are enclosed by means of a fire pit surrounded by a metal ring, cement block, or a portable outdoor fireplace shall not be less than 25 feet from any structure and provisions shall be made to prevent the fire from spreading to within 25 feet of any structure

11)COMMERCIAL FIRE PITS WITH SCREEN ENCLOSURE: Fires in approved portable outdoor fireplaces (with a metal screen in place) shall not be less than 15 feet from any structure and provisions shall be made to prevent the fire from spreading to within 15 feet of any structure.

12)FIRE SIZE: The size of the fire shall be no larger than 5x5x5 feet.

13)BURNING TIMES: 8AM to 8PM