The process of applying for your annual burn permit, paying fee, and scheduling inspection is now all online!
The City of Ferndale's Open Burning Ordinance allows for backyard fires with a permit. Permits:
Disclaimer: Applicants should ensure required conditions can be met prior to completing permit application.
Processed permit fees will not be returned to applicants unable to satisfy requirements.
Required Conditions Checklist:
Renters MUST have a signed letter of consent from property owner for open burning on property prior to submitting application. This will be a required attachment to the application.
Applicants confident they can meet required conditions for open burning permit can begin the application process by clicking here. The online system will take you through the application process. Once the application is submitted, multiple emails will be sent to complete online payment and schedule the required inspection. The permit will be issued electronically to applicant after payment is processed. Failure to schedule an inspection or inability to satisfy required conditions as determined by inspection will result in permit being revoked.
Online application process can be completed in less than 5 minutes.
For additional questions, please contact:
Ferndale Fire Marshal
248-546-2510 ext. 302
The City of Ferndale follows a stricter ordinance than the State for fireworks usage. In 2019, City Council voted to reduce the number of days fireworks can be used in Ferndale from 30 to 12. On the following days, fireworks may be used in the City of Ferndale after 11 a.m.:
Fireworks, firecrackers, and noisemakers are only allowed during the dates and times mentioned above. Use of these items outside the legally-allowed timeframes are considered a violation of ordinance and could result in a civil infraction. A violation of the ordinance—using fireworks outside of the legally-allowed timeframes listed above—will be investigated by the Ferndale Police Department and can result in a civil infraction, punishable by a fine of $1,000 for each violation. If you experience an issue with fireworks in Ferndale on non-sanctioned days or after midnight (1:00 a.m. on December 31), you can report it by phoning Ferndale Police Department non-emergency at 248-541-3650.
View a comprehensive list of the permits you can apply for in Ferndale.