Open Burning

Open burning is prohibited within the city limits of Cedar Rapids, Marion, and Hiawatha, and within a one-half mile buffer zone around these cities.  

Residents of Linn County may obtain a permit to burn approved materials if they live outside the established "no-burn" areas.  

Note: Fires for cooking, heating, or recreation are OK, as long as the fire is no larger than 3 feet in diameter and only charcoal or untreated (clean) wood is burned. For specifics on recreational fires, check with your municipality, such as Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, or Marion.

Open Burning Application Tool (Map)

  1. Apply for an Open Burning Permit
  2. Open Burning Materials
  3. FAQs

In order to apply for an Open Burning Permit, residents must live outside the city limits of Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, and Marion, and within a one-half mile buffer zone around these cities. Residents can use our Open Burning Application Tool to see if your address is eligible for an Open Burning Permit.


To apply for an Open Burning Permit in Linn County, residents can:

Payment for Open Burning Permits is $25 and can be made in-person or over the phone via credit card (fees apply). Payment is expected prior to the issuance of the Open Burning Permit.