New burn permit system launched in South Dakota

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division has launched a new and improved burn permit website that is more user friendly. The new site will require all users to have a valid email address and register as a new user. Any permit that has already been issued for this burn season has been transferred to the new system and is still valid.

The new site can be found at or by going to the South Dakota Wildland Fire webpage and clicking on the link in the Quick Links box.

The new burn permit site has links to burn procedures, frequently asked questions and an instructional video on slash pile burning. There is also a new mapping system that allows users to search by address, parcel ID, legal or by clicking a point on the map.

All standard permit requirements must still be agreed to and followed. You only need a burn permit if you are located inside the Black Hills Fire Protection District, a map and description for which can be found on the South Dakota Wildland Fire webpage.

This new site is mobile friendly and is part of the Division’s effort to move to an online permitting system. For the remainder of the season, the public can still call in during business hours to obtain a burn permit or ask for direction in obtaining their own permit online.