Yard Waste Burning

Leaf Burning

The Village of Homer Glen Board of Trustees recently passed Ordinance 13-055, requiring residents to obtain a Leaf Burning permit before any open burning of leaves on residential property. You can find out more about obtaining a permit on our Leaf Burning Permit page.

Clean Alternative to Burning

As we clean our properties of yard waste including leaves, tree branches, and landscape waste, the Village of Homer Glen is encouraging residents to take advantage of the yard waste services provided by NuWay Disposal. As a safe alternative to burning, all yard waste can be picked up on your regular pickup day from April 1st through November 30th, at no extra cost.

Leaf Burning Rules & Regulations

Burning creates environmental and health repercussions which can be an unpleasant experience for residents who suffer from asthma and other breathing disorders. Please be considerate of your neighbors and follow simple rules to minimize the danger and nuisance of the resulting smoke and damage to structures and property.

  • Notify your immediate neighbors when you intend to burn so that they may take steps to minimize any effects they may experience.
  • Only burn landscape material that is completely dry and free from nonorganic debris.
  • Open burning is prohibited on Village roadways, sidewalks and other rights-of-way.
  • For safety reasons, open burning fires must be at least 50 feet from all structures and property lines.
  • Never burn when the wind speed is below 5 miles per hour or over 15 miles per hour.
  • All fires must be constantly attended with some type of extinguishing devise such as a garden hose or fire extinguisher.
  • Avoid burning on holidays.

Recreational Fires

Recreational fires for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking warmth or similar purposes shall not be conducted within 25 feet of a structure or combustible material and not exceed 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height. Fires in approved containers shall be no less than 15 feet from a structure.


Open burning fires which are offensive or objectionable because of smoke or odor emissions or when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous may be extinguished by local authorities.