Open Flames


This process is intended to address the use of open flames on campus for items that are intended/manufactured to be burned/lit. Examples include candles, oil lamps, lanterns, barbeque grills, and some theatrical special effects. Permits will not be granted for materials which are not manufactured with the intent to be burned/lit.

This approval process is intended to assure the responsible person is identified, fire watch is present, elimination of fire hazard conditions (including a site visit if needed), site personnel are familiar with fire extinguishers and how to respond in fire or other emergency conditions.

No open flames are allowed in the Residence Halls or apartments as per Residential Life Policy.

To apply for the use of open flames:

  1. At least one (1) week prior to the scheduled event complete the Permit for Use of Open Flames form.
  2. Form should be submitted via email to ehs@missouri.edu.
    • Forms are not considered submitted until they are complete.
    • EHS reserves the right to deny requests not provided in their entirety at least one (1) week prior to the scheduled event.
  3. If a site visit is needed, EHS will make every effort to complete it before the scheduled event. In the event a site visit is needed and it cannot be completed prior to the event, the application will be denied.
  4. As some applications require more information prior to an approval/denial decision, please be sure to provide a means of contact that you monitor frequently and return calls/emails for additional information in a timely manner.
  5. Approval/denial is sent via email. If you have not received a response 24 hours before the event, feel free to contact EHS. Please do not make additional inquiries more than 24 hours before the scheduled event.

Note: If you are grilling food you will also need a Temporary Food Permit.

 

Open Burns

This process is intended to address the open burning of outdoor vegetation, debris or materials for natural resource management and conservation purposes. Open burning also includes recreational camp fires, cropland burning in connection with agricultural or forestry operations, and fire fighting training.

Prior to planning any open burning activity, several reviews, issues, and notifications will be necessary and may require permitting by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR Open Burning Rule). Advanced planning and proper notifications will avoid losses to life, environment, and property.

To apply for permission to conduct an open burn:

  1. Please contact David Dorth or Joel Pauley before initiating a plan for open burning.
  2. If there are occupied buildings not owned by the University within 200 yards of the burn site, written approvals may be required from the owners of those buildings. Allow extra time to obtain these approvals should they be required.
  3. At least one (1) week prior to the anticipated open burn date [two (2) weeks for burns within the Columbia City Limits] complete the Permit for Open Burning.
  4. Form should be submitted via email to ehs@missouri.edu.
    • Forms are not considered submitted until they are complete.
    • EHS reserves the right to deny requests not provided in their entirety at least one (1) week/two (2) weeks [as applicable] prior to the scheduled event.
  5. Final EHS approval is reserved for the day of the burn and will be contingent on current and forecasted wind speed. Open burns are automatically suspended when the actual or predicted wind speed is 10 mph or higher.

 

Fireworks/Pyrotechnics

This process is intended to address the use of fireworks or pyrotechnics at an event on campus.

To apply to use fireworks and/or pyrotechnics:

  1. At least forty-five (45) days prior to the scheduled event complete the Permit for Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Display form.
  2. Form should be submitted via email to ehs@missouri.edu.
    • Forms are not considered submitted until they are complete.
    • EHS reserves the right to deny requests not provided in their entirety at least forty-five (45) days prior to the scheduled event.
  3. In addition to the form, you will need to provide the following documents:
    • Copy of Signed Contract (for review)
    • Certificate of insurance showing the Curators of the University of Missouri (and others as appropriate) as additionally insured
    • Copy of fireworks contractor's current ATF Licenses
    • Copy of Licensed Operator or Pyrotechnic Operators' Missouri State License
    • Inventory of shells, pyrotechnic effects, etc.
    • Layout of display site, diagram(s) of location of pyrotechnic effects, etc
  4. EHS will make the necessary contacts after having received the above information and discussing the proposed use of the materials.