Open Burning is allowed within Gallatin County, depending on conditions, WITH A PERMIT between March 1st and
The Gallatin County Burn Permit Service – found at www.BurnPermits.mt.gov – is now available and will provide citizens with instant access to county burn permits. Permit holders are able to add multiple burn locations to a single permit and can even print their permit at home or send it to themselves electronically by entering an email address.
The online service will allow citizens to purchase a burn permit using a debit/credit card or an electronic check. Citizens will also be able to activate their permit online or by calling the county’s new automated phone system at 1-877-306-BURN (2876). To activate a permit, the permit holder simply enters the start and stop times of their burn and county fire and emergency personnel are immediately notified of the burn. An interactive map will also be available to allow citizens and county personnel to view all current burn activity within the county.
Permits may also be purchased in person at Central Valley First Station 1 in Belgrade, Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Permits may also be obtained through other local fire departments.
Permit holders are still required to follow SPECIFIC GUIDELINES when burning--including notifying
when the burn will occur as well as taking necessary safety measures to contain the burn.
If Central Valley Fire is dispatched to a burn that is out of control, has moved to someone else's property, and find
that the person burning does NOT have a permit or burning ILLEGAL substances, law enforcement will be contacted.
The County and City of Belgrade have the same wording on their ordinances and are responsible for enforcement
and issuing citations.
The following materials are
for open burning by ARM 17.8.604:
Open Burning Allowed
- Food wastes
- Animal droppings
- Treated lumber
- Dead animals or animal parts
- Pathogenic wastes
- Hazardous materials
- Materials resulting from salvage operations
- Automobile or aircraft bodies and interiors
- Insulated wire
- Oil and petroleum products
- Standing or demolished structure
- Wastes generating noxious odors
- Poultry litter
- Rubber material
- Tar paper
- Asphalt Shingles
- Asbestos or asbestos-containing material
WITHOUT A PERMIT
A. Recreation and heating fires: small recreational fires in controlled areas and construction heating
B. Burn barrels: Burn barrels are a metal barrel of less than 60 gallons with a screen covering the top,
at least 10 feet from all flammable material. No material may be burned in a burn barrel that is prohibited under state
law. [SEE LIST ABOVE]