Burn Permits

Village of Plover residents must obtain a burning permit anytime they wish to burn brush outside of their regular fire pit. Permits are free and issued on a daily basis. Those wishing to have a campfire (within their fire ring) for cooking, warming or leisurely purposes do not need to obtain a permit.

Permits (for burning within Village limits) can be picked up at the Fire Department Office between the hours of 7:30am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. 

Residents who live outside the Village of Plover can obtain an annual burning permit through our office, online here or at a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) station. 

*Burn permits are NOT issued for the Village of Whiting per Village of Whiting ordinance. 

Rules and Regulations

Materials for Burning

Only clean, untreated wood, brush and branches can be burned. Contractors can only burn brush/stumps from lot clearing. Materials that cannot be burned include, but are not limited to: leaves, pine needles, garbage, plastic, recyclable products, shingles, wire, tires, painted or treated wood, rubber or structures of any kind (barns, sheds, homes, etc.).

Burning Hours

  • Contractors: 1:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Residents: 4:00pm to 10:00pm

Size of Piles

  • Contractor: 6 feet by 6 feet by 3 feet (4 cubic yards)
  • Residential: 4 feet by 4 feet by 3 feet

Fire Location

No burning shall take place in any street right-of-way. Approved burning shall take place 30 feet or more from any structure, flammable liquid or other material which constitutes a potential fire hazard.

Wind Regulations

No burning shall take place when the wind velocity exceeds 12 miles per hour (MPH) as indicated by Wisconsin Bell Weather Information Service which can be reached via 715-341-9511 or during period(s) when either the Village Fire Chief or the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has issued a burning ban.

Fire Prevention

All fires must be attended at all times, by a responsible person equipped with either an operable garden hose or fire extinguisher. All fires must be extinguished before such person leaves the site.

Authority of Fire Department

In the event that Fire Department personnel determine that prohibited materials are being burned, or that smoke emitting from a fire unreasonably interferes with neighbors enjoying their private property, the permit may be revoked and immediate extinguishment of the fire ordered. In the event the permittee does not comply with all burning regulations, the Fire Department may issue the permittee a citation.

Contractor Regulations

Contractors will only be allowed three permitted burns during the normal course of construction for lot clearing purposes only. Contractors cannot burn construction/building materials, garbage, etc. Contractors must control fires with a suitable fire control device, such as a pay-loader, caterpillar, or tractor loader in addition to an operable garden hose or fire extinguisher. All fires must be extinguished before such person leaves the site.

More Information

If you have any questions, please call the Plover Fire Department at 715-345-5310, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) at 888-947-2876 or visit the Wisconsin DNR website.

SAFETY MESSAGE: If a burn escapes control, dial 911 immediately.