Yard Waste Burning

Leaf Burning Permits

The Village of Homer Glen Board of Trustees recently passed Ordinance 13-055 (PDF), requiring residents to obtain a Leaf Burning permit before any open burning of leaves on residential property. Download the Leaf Burning Permit Application (PDF) online or come into the Village Hall office. The permit must be obtained after filing an application with the Village and picked up at Village Hall.


The Open Leaf Burning Permit Application will include the Open Leaf Burning Regulations and upon issuance, the resident will be given a copy of the regulations on the permit card they are issued. The permit card will also contain the name of the permit holder, address, and permit expiration date as well as language requiring it to be posted in a location visible from the street. It is the responsibility of the permit holder to comply with the open leaf burning regulations. Issuance of the permit does not relieve the permit holder from complying with the regulations of the Open Leaf Burning Ordinance below. Permit is good for 6 months from issuance.

Consider This 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. Please consider this Clean Alternative to Burning (PDF) before you apply for a leaf burning permit.


As a safe alternative to burning, all yard waste can be picked up on your regular pickup day from April 1 through November 30, at no extra cost.

Burning Repercussions

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.

Leaf Burning Rules & Regulations

Please be considerate of your neighbors and follow these simple rules and regulations 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 non-organic debris.
  • Open burning is prohibited on Village roadways, sidewalks and other right-of-ways.
  • 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

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 subject to extinguishment by local authorities.