McHenry County Department of Health - Environmental Health
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Exemptions/Permits

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A Recreational Fire is defined as a temporary outdoor fire for Campfire by a Lake
warmth, cooking for human consumption, or for non-ceremonial purposes where the fire is not larger than 3’x3’x3’ and excludes leaves, grass or shrubbery clippings or cuttings. No permit is needed for a recreational fire.

A Ceremonial Fire (Bonfire) is defined as an outdoor fire larger than 3’x3’x3’ which is used for entertainment purposes as part of a specifically scheduled public or private event and excludes leaves, grass or shrubbery clippings or cuttings. A permit is required from the McHenry County Department of Health. There is no fee for this permit. Call (815)334-4585 or click here to download the Application for a Ceremonial Fire (Bonfire).

Habitat Reclamation includes prescribed burns associated with ecologic restoration or natural landscape management. A permit from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) is required for this type of burn. Click here to download a permit application or call IEPA at (847)294-4000 Bureau of Air. No permit is required from the McHenry County Department of Health.

Firefighting Training
A permit must be obtained from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA).
Click here to download a permit application or call IEPA at (847)294-4000 Bureau of Air. No permit is required from the McHenry County Department of Health.

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