Outdoor Residential Burning
This page contains information regarding a 2018 policy and program review for residential wood burning, focused on outdoor recreational fires. Outdoor fires that meet City Code and Fire Code standards are legal without a permit in Fort Collins. Information regarding current safety and code compliance specifications is available through Neighborhood Services.
For smoke or odor nuisance concerns, call the City's Nuisance Hotline at 970-416-2200 or report concerns through Access Fort Collins.
For imminent safety concerns, call 9-1-1. For other fire safety concerns, the Poudre Fire Authority non-emergency number is 970-416-2600.
2018 Program And Policy Review For Outdoor Wood Burning
The City of Fort Collins is currently preparing for public deliberation regarding options to address air quality concerns from outdoor wood burning. Recommendations are expected to be considered by City Council in late 2018. Opportunities for feedback will be posted here when available, and advertised through press releases and social media beginning in the spring and summer of 2018. You can also submit comments through Access Fort Collins.
(Dates of events to be announced)
Outdoor Burning FAQs
- Why is the City of Fort Collins considering programs and policies for outdoor wood burning?
- What are the health effects of wood smoke?
- What about smoke from outdoor cooking appliances, such as BBQs and smokers?
- What about other sources of smoke in neighborhoods, such as secondhand cigarette and marijuana smoke?
- Are limitations on gas burning outdoor fires being considered?
- Can I currently have an outdoor wood fire within City limits?
- What do I do if I have a concern about smoke impacts from a neighbor's fire?
- What do I do if I have a safety concern regarding a neighbor's fire?