The Lake County Board approved an ordinance to enact permanent open burning restrictions for unincorporated areas of Lake County. In addition to the ordinance, franchise waste hauler agreements to provide consolidated waste hauling services in unincorporated areas within certain townships were approved.
The ordinance went into effect on June 1, 2022, to coincide with the start of consolidated waste hauling services.
The ordinance can be found online. Below is a breakdown of how the ordinance impacts recreational fires and burning yard waste. Additional background information can be found on the open burning interactive website.
Violations of this ordinance are subject to enforcement.
Provide the address, specific location, or Property Index Number (PIN), if available, of the property where the suspected violation is occurring so that Lake County may follow up on the complaint in a time-efficient manner. NOTE: it is important to report the information at the time the burning is occurring to assist staff in conducting a proper on-site assessment of the situation.
Please note, some unincorporated areas are also subject to their local fire protection district's restrictions on open burning. Residents should contact their fire district for more details on applicable regulations. Residents can see who their fire protection district is and if they reside in a village/city or unincorporated Lake County by searching their address using the County's Maps Online tool
Lake County has franchise waste hauler agreements with Groot Industries and Lakeshore Recycling Systems for certain townships of unincorporated areas. Learn more.