Thank you for your interest in the Village’s Prescribed Burn Cost-Share Program.  Note: an Ecological Consultation and approval from the Village Ecologist is required prior to applying for the Prescribed Burn Program.  In the attachment below you will find the Application and program summary.  Please read all requirements carefully and complete the checklist before submitting your completed application. The Prescribed Burn Program is a cost share program. The Village’s share limit is $2,000 and the applicant is not eligible to re-apply for 3 years. There is a $100 non- refundable application fee.

The intent of the Prescribed Burn Program is to provide an incentive for residents with relatively healthy woodlands and/or prairies to maintain these areas using fire which was very common prior to European settlement in the 1830s. Prescribed burn management is safe when conducted by trained/certified professionals and helps improve the health of woodlands or prairies by removing thatch, replenishing soil nutrients, and allows desirable native plants to thrive.

After the Prescribed Burn Permit Application is submitted and approved by the Village Ecologist, the applicant will receive a permit from the Village to proceed with the work. Once the work is completed, notify and deliver a copy of the paid contractor invoice to the Village within one month and the Village Ecologist will conduct a site visit to verify the burn has been completed properly. The reimbursement request is then forwarded to the Village Board for approval and can be expected in 1 to 3 months.

*Please be advised that an Illinois EPA burn permit will also be required and can take up to three months to obtain.

Application Form

Please fill out and print this PDF application and submit to the office of Woodland Ecology.

Prescribed Burn-Cost-Share Program Application (PDF)


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