The Waterford Regional Fire Department has updated the campfire permit process. Campfire permits can now be obtained online using the link at the bottom of the page!
The only open burning allowed by Michigan State Law in Waterford are campfires. A campfire is a small fire used for recreational purposes only and must be attended at all times. Prior to any campfire, a permit must be obtained using the link below or from the Waterford Fire Department Headquarters during normal business hours of Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Anyone burning outside of the rules or without a permit may be issued a citation.
Campfire permits are valid for one year, as long as you reside at the address listed on the permit. The applicant must either be the property owner or current resident. A valid state ID must be entered when applying for a campfire permit.
These are residential campfire permits valid only for single or double residential properties. All others are by special permit only and must be applied for at the Waterford Regional Fire Department Headquarters during normal business hours.
If you no longer reside at the property address listed, it is your responsibility to notify us to void your permit.
The campfire must be 25 feet from any building and 15 feet from any property line.
No burning is allowed when the wind speed is greater than 15 mph.
The campfire must be extinguished before leaving it unattended.
The campfire must be small (bushel basket size) in a small pit (3’- 4’ in diameter), and only seasoned firewood can be used. No burning of leaves, brush, tree trimmings, yard waste or lumber! The campfire must be for recreational use only and may not be used for waste disposal of any kind.
The campfire is limited to a 4 hour period per day and your permit must be readily available when burning a campfire.
Should your telephone number or e-mail address change please notify the fire department referencing your permit number. If restrictions and/or other important information regarding your permit needs to reach you, we will use the information provided us.
There must be a garden hose available at all times.
If this permit is lost there will be a $5 replacement fee.
Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for manufactured fire pits.