Online Burn Permits

The Madison County Burn Permit Service will be available starting March 1 and will provide citizens with instant access to county burn permits. Permit holders will be able to add multiple burn locations to a single permit and can even print their permit at home or send it to themselves electronically by entering an email address.

The online service will allow citizens to purchase a burn permit using a debit/credit card or an electronic check. Citizens will also be able to activate their permit online or by calling the county’s new automated phone system at 866-614-0222. To activate a permit, the permit holder simply enters the start and stop times of their burn and county fire and emergency personnel are immediately notified of the burn. An interactive map will also be available to allow citizens and county personnel to view all current burn activity within the county.

"This online service will streamline the burn permit process for the citizens and will create huge efficiency gains for the county,” Former Director of Emergency Services, Christopher Mumme said. “We anticipate a significant reduction in non-emergency call volume which will allow fire personnel to better focus on true emergencies.”

Purchasing Permits

Burn permits will be available online starting March 1. Citizens may also purchase a burn permit in person at the Madison County Emergency Management office located below the Sheriff's Office at 5 Placer Loop in Virginia City, or by calling the office at 406-843-4253. Burn permits will cost $15 each, that is all you pay, and that one permit can be used/activated as many times as necessary, throughout the entire burn season. Three dollars of the proceeds will go to maintenance of the system and the remaining $12 will go into a fund for training of fire personnel. There was no cost to the taxpayers for the implementation of this system.

The Madison County Burn Permit Service is the result of an alliance between state and county government and the private sector. It was cooperatively developed and is supported by Madison County, the Madison County Emergency Management, the Montana Department of Administration's State Information Technology Services Division, and Montana Interactive, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of eGovernment provider NIC (Nasdaq: EGOV).


These winter permits are free of charge and handled by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. The permit can be found below:

DEQ Winter Burn Permit

Or you can call the DEQ at (406)444-3460

Please also call the MadCo Sheriffs Office at 843-5301 to let them know when and where you are burning so they can add it to the burn map in case someone calls 911.