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Residents of unincorporated Linn County who live on property zoned Urban Service Residential (USR) and are within one-half mile of Cedar Rapids, Marion, or Hiawatha city limits who wish to burn landscape waste or leaves can apply for a burn permit variance request from the Linn County Board of Supervisors through November 26, 2019.
The County’s air quality ordinance prohibits open burning of landscape waste, including grass, leaves, weeds, trees, tree limbs, natural growth for land clearing, agricultural wastes, etc. on USR parcels within a half mile of the Cedar Rapids, Marion, and Hiawatha city limits. However, based on feedback from county residents, the Board of Supervisors has allowed variance requests during the fall for the past three years.
To request a variance:
The Board of Supervisors will consider variance requests during their regularly scheduled Board of Supervisors meetings on Monday and Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. at the Linn County Public Service Center, 935 2nd St. SW in Cedar Rapids. Applicants are not required to attend the meetings; however, they are welcome to attend.
Any permits issued will include all standard requirements and are only for Chapter 10.10.B.1. The Board of Supervisors will not hear variance requests after November 30, 2019.
Residents with questions should call Linn County Public Health at 319-892-6000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.