Open burning is regulated by ordinance in Zeeland Charter Township.
Generally speaking, the following types of burning are allowed without a permit, provided no nuisance is created:
There are certain restrictions, so it is wise to check the Burning Ordinance for details.
For most other types of burning, a permit is required, and may be requested at least 24 hours in advance by contacting the Fire Chief at (616) 886-6666, or you may e-mail it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Burn Permits are not issued for burns within 1400 feet (about 1/4 mile) from the City Limits of Zeeland; nor in situations where smoke or debris is likely to drift to certain restricted areas, such as Zeeland Community Hospital. Even with a permit, fires that generate black smoke, or cause a nuisance to others, must be extinguished.
Failure to properly obtain a permit could result in a fine up to $500. For more detailed information, click to download: Township Burning Ordinance
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources also has information available about open burning, which you may access by clicking: Michigan DNR