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Open Burning Restrictions

Residential Landscape Burning Ordinance Reminder

Post Date:10/02/2017 3:17 PM

October 2, 2017
McHenry County Department of Health
2200 N Seminary Avenue, Woodstock IL
Contact Keri Zaleski 815-334-4456; cell 815-236-3238

WOODSTOCK IL – McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) reminds residents of the Public Health Ordinance restrictions regarding the open burning of landscape waste. Residents located within municipalities should check with their city or village regarding additional restrictions that may apply. Where a more restrictive Ordinance does not apply, the open burning of landscape waste is limited to Saturdays and Sundays in April, May, October and November from dawn to dusk. Any burn area must be located a minimum of 100 feet from any habitable structure and 50 feet from a detached garage, shed, barn, or any other non-habitable structure. Adult supervision is required throughout the duration of the burning. A water source or fire extinguisher must be available. Only landscape waste generated on the site may be burned. Burning any other materials, such as garbage, paper, cardboard, construction materials or animal waste is prohibited.

MCDH encourages residents to consider alternatives to the open burning of landscape waste, such as mulching, native landscaping, composting, using landscape service companies, or dropping landscape waste off at a composting facility or landscape waste transfer station. Residents should also take advantage of landscape waste pick-up services provided by their local municipal solid waste haulers.

The Department of Health strives to provide timely responses to open burning complaints. Residents may also contact any local law enforcement agency, fire department or fire protection district with a complaint. Agencies who respond to open burning concerns are responsible for a variety of issues. All responses are prioritized, and an immediate response is not always possible. Complete information about the Public Health Ordinance, suggested alternatives, and bonfire permit applications are available on the MCDH website: or by calling the Division of Environmental Health at 815-334-4585.

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