Wood Burning Restrictions, Code Enforcement, City of Longmont
Every year, from October 31 to March 31 of the following year, the state
health department issues high pollution advisories and burning and driving
restrictions. The High Pollution Advisory Program is coordinated by
the Air Pollution Control Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health
and Environment. The advisories are issued at 4pm every day and are in effect
until 4pm of the following day.
The current air pollution advisory can be seen here from October
The City of Longmont Municipal code addresses violations of
the burning restrictions. City of Longmont Code Enforcement Inspectors
respond to complaints of burning violations. You may call 303-651-8695 to
report a violation. Please be aware that air pollution advisories are updated
at 4pm every day. This could mean that a "red" day might change
to a "blue" day after 4pm, so please be cognizant of the current
designation before reporting a violation.
16.44.020 High pollution prohibition.
A. It is unlawful for any person to operate a solid fuel-fired heating device
during a high pollution day unless that person has an exemption granted pursuant
to Section 16.44.030. It shall be the duty of all
persons owning or operating a solid fuel-fired device to be aware of any declaration
of a high pollution day by the Colorado Department ofHealth.
B. At the time of the declaration of a high pollution day, the city shall
allow three hours for the burndown of existing fire in solid fuel-burning
devices prior to the initiation of enforcement. (Ord. 0-89-1 § 1 (part))
There are also exemptions, by which a resident may obtain a permit from the
city to burn on " no burn" days. Code Enforcement may find after
investigating a complaint that the resident has a permit to burn through the
high pollution season.
A. A person may operate a solid fuel-fired heating device during a high pollution
day if an exemption has previously been obtained from the city manager or
designee. An exemption may be granted if the
applicant submits a sworn statement that either:
1. A solid fuel-fired burning device is the sole source of heat and that
said device was installed prior to the effective date of the ordinance codified
2. An electrical heating system is the primary source and a solid
fuel-fired heating device is a supplemental heating system, and that said
system was installed prior to the effective date of the ordinance codified
3. A phase III certified device, or a solid fuel-fired heating device that
meets the most stringent emission standards for wood stoves established
by the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission as
demonstrated by tests by an accredited laboratory, has been installed in
accordance with all applicable codes and ordinances. A fee to cover the
administrative costs of the exemption certificate may be charged. The fee
shall be established and from time to time revised by resolution of the
B. An exemption obtained under this section shall be effective for one
year from the date it is granted and may be renewed upon submission of
a new sworn statement as provided in subsection A of this section.
C. An exemption granted as provided herein may be revoked by the city
if the solid fuel-fired heating device is operated inefficiently so as
to create a nuisance due to excessive smoke production.
D. The exemption certificate shall be posted in a conspicuous location
near the main entrance to be visible from the street. (Ord. 0-92-42 §
2; Ord. 0-89-1 § 1 (part))
Last Changed: 11/13/07