Brown County Of Minnesota

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Open Burning Requirements


Announcement:  As of Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 a burn permit is no longer required in Brown County for brush piles, vegetative debris, tree trimmings, clean, un-painted lumber, or running fires (ex: CRP or fence line burns). Residents still need to contact the County Sheriff’s Dispatch Office prior to burning along with the Fire Chief.

Brown County Open Burning Ordinance (Link)

Before starting a burn in Brown County:

Brown County Sheriff's Office must be contacted at (507) 233-6720.

For burns located in the following fire districts, the fire chief MUST ALSO be contacted prior to the burn:

  • Comfrey - Fire Chief Steve (Boone) Berberich (507) 877-4405 (station) or (507) 227-0479 (cell)
  • Sanborn - Fire Chief Greg Werner (507) 648-3888
  • Springfield - Fire Chief Charlie Baumann (507) 220-8566 (cell) or (507) 723-5475

Information to be given when you call in:

  • Location of the Burn (Name, Township, Section Number, and Phone Number)
  • Type of Material(s) you plan to Burn

Approved Materials for Burning
Prohibited Materials for Burning (Under MS 88.171)

Information on disposal of solid waste or hazardous waste can be found in the Solid Waste/Landfill and Recycling section of the website

Other Information


Contact Planning and Zoning

Located on the 2nd floor of the Brown County Courthouse

14 S State St,
New Ulm, MN 56073

Telephone: (507) 233-6640
Fax: (507) 233-6643

Laine Sletta - Zoning Administrator, Solid Waste Officer

Robert Santaella - Asst. Zoning Administrator, Septic, Feedlot Officer

John Knisley - Wetlands, Water Planning, Recyling Administrator

Amanda Lang - Feedlot Technician

Patty Zupfer - Planning & Zoning Clerk


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