To obtain a burn permit, call GCFD and schedule a time where we can come out an issue a permit.
If we are unable to take your call, please leave us a message with your address where you are planning on burning, name, and number and we will get back with you as soon as possible.
PERMITS MUST BE ISSUED ON SITE AFTER INSPECTION. NO PERMITS ARE ISSUED AT THE FIRE STATION.
TO OBTAIN A PERMIT, PLEASE CALL 337-662-5993 DURING NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS, OR SUBMIT YOUR INFORMATION BELOW:
Burn Permits must be obtained prior to open burning within the Town limits of Grand Coteau.
Open burning is defined as the burning of any matter in such a manner that the products of combustion resulting from the burning are emitted directly into the ambient air without passing through a stack or flue.
Burning without a permit is prohibited.
Burning without a permit or burning with a expired permit may result in a fine being issued by the Grand Coteau Police Department and fire extinguished by GCFD. As per Town Ordinance 7-2019
Items that are allowed to be burned:
Items burned may only be natural vegetation such as: unpainted and untreated lumber, grass clippings, tree branches, leaves, trees and or logs, or any other natural vegetation.
Items that are NOT allowed to be burned:
YOU CAN NOT BURN: Tires, plastics, wiring, electronic components, painted or treated lumber, oil, garbage, or any man made products.
If any prohibited items are found in a fire, any issued permit will be revoked, the fire will be extinguished by GCFD, and a fine will be issued by the Grand Coteau Police Department. As per Town -Ordinance 7-2019 LA RS 30:2057
Burn Permits must be kept on site
Fires must be at minimum 20 feet away from any structure. A water hose and or fire extinguisher must be present where burning takes place. The Permit Holder must be present when burning is taking place. All fires must be extinguished completely when burning is finished or when the permit expires.
If a complaint about the fire or if the fire is deemed unsafe or is carried out in an unsafe manner, the Fire Department will extinguish the fire and revoke this permit.
Enclosed Fire Pits, BBQ pits, and Cooking Fires
Enclosed, bricked in, chimney, chimenea, or contained metal fire pits where a campfire burning approved items may burn without a permit as long as an outdoor burning cease and desist is not active (burn ban)
Cooking fires, such as bbq pits, used for cooking and only burn approved items do not need a permit.
Burning during burn ban
Burning during a cease and desist order for outdoor burning issued by the State Fire Marshall is prohibited and may result in fines being issued by the Grand Coteau Police Department. LA RS 40:1602
Permits must be issued on site
Permits are issued on site after inspection of the burn area. No burn permits are issued at the fire station. DO NOT COME TO THE FIRE STATION FOR BURN PERMITS