Open Burning Regulations in Michigan

You are responsible for fire, smoke, or odors created from open burning … and for damage that results from your fire.

Learn what can and cannot be legally burned in the State of Michigan.

Please see the Burn Permits TAB below for more information.

The Bath Charter Township Fire Department provides volunteer/paid-on-call fire services and emergency medical services to the Bath Community. Our Department is comprised of a full-time Fire Chief and up to 30 firefighters.

The Bath Township Fire Department is located at 5633 Drumheller Road in Bath. This station was constructed in 2001 and is 9,987 square feet. It is a fully sprinkled building and houses our equipment, which includes: one command car, two rescues, three engines, one water tanker, one light and air, two brush trucks, one boat, a trailer, and one ORV.

Any burning in Bath Charter Township requires a burning permit.
Carefully read the Burning Permit Regulations before applying for a permit.
Burning Permit Regulations
Open Burning Permit Application
Recreational Burning Permit Application

Open Burning Regulations in Michigan
A Resource from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Submitting New Applications

There are a couple of ways to apply for a burning permit:

  • Come to the Township Offices during regular business hours and fill out an application, OR
  • Download an application here and return the completed permit to the Township Offices at:
    • Fax (517) 641-4170
    • Email: info@bathtownship us
    • Drop Box There is a secure, 24-hour drop box located next to the Township Office entrance.

Activating Existing Permits

If you already have a burning permit:

A three (3) day permit will be issued under an approved application by contacting the Township Burning Permit phone line at (517) 641-6619.

Weekend permits must be called in by 4:00 pm on Friday (or the previous work day if that Friday is a Holiday) to be considered activated.

Please leave your name, phone number and permit number on the answering machine.

The permit is automatically issued upon confirmation that the request has been made by person authorized to do so the annual burning permit application.

County-Wide Emergency Notification System (Clinton County)

CodeRED is a high-speed mass notification system used to alert the citizens of Clinton County in the event of an impending or actual emergency in Clinton County. CodeRED is one of three systems used in Clinton County to alert the citizens, the other two being the outdoor warning sirens and the Emergency Alert System.

Because of the unforeseen nature of some large-scale emergencies, no one can fully guarantee that you will receive a notification every time. Please keep yourself informed by continuing to monitor other public safety warning and information systems (such as television and radio) whenever possible.

Please visit the Clinton County’s Sheriff’s Office for more information or to sign up for CodeRED.

Sponsored by the Bath Township Firefighters Association

Emergency reflective house number signs assist emergency personnel in locating your residence in the event of an emergency.

  • Assists EMS, Fire, and Police Departments.
  • Horizontal or vertical display.
  • Reflective house numbers reflect at night.
  • Fee includes installation.

Reflective House Number Order Form

For more information, contact Don Fuller at  the Bath Township Fire Department.

Fire Department

Dan Oberst, Fire Chief
Email: doberst@bathtownship.us

Hours vary. Please call for an appointment.

Bath Township Fire Department
5633 Drumheller Road
P.O. Box 247
Bath, MI 48808

Phone: (517) 641-7811

Fax: (517) 641-6930

Clinton County Central Dispatch (911)
9-1-1 is for Emergencies & Non-Emergencies in Clinton County, and (989) 224-6792 for calls from outside Clinton County.