More Montana Counties Moving Burn Permits Online
Starting in 2013, burn permits in both Butte-Silver Bow and Powell Counties will be made available online. This means that citizens in both Montana counties will be able to obtain a burn permit without having to wait or even leave their home.
The County Burn Permit service – found at www.BurnPermits.mt.gov – is scheduled to launch in both counties on March 1, 2013, 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.
"This online service will streamline the burn permit process for the citizens and will create huge efficiency gains for the county,” said Jeff Miller, Butte-Silver Bow Director of Fire Services. “We anticipate a significant reduction in non-emergency call volume which will allow fire personnel to better focus on true emergencies.”
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 a new automated phone system that will also be implemented in both counties. 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.
“The County Burn Permit service is simple and easy to use,” said Earl Hall, Powell County Fire Warden. “And the interactive map is a convenient tool that will allow both citizens and emergency personnel to know the locations of all active burns in the area. This system also relieves the burden placed on volunteer fire chiefs/departments who have to take time out of their day to fill out and transmit the permits.”
In addition to the online permits, citizens will also be able to purchase a burn permit in person and at specific locations in each county, which will be announced closer to the March 1 launch date. Additional information will be made available to citizens in both counties; however citizens can obtain more information now by contacting the Butte-Silver Bow Fire Department at 406-497-6482; or the Powell County Planning Office at 406-846-9729.
The County Burn Permit Service is the result of an alliance between state and county government and the private sector. It is being cooperatively developed and supported by Butte-Silver Bow County, Powell County, the Montana Department of Administration's Information Technology Services Division, and Montana Interactive, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of eGovernment provider NIC (Nasdaq: EGOV).
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John Lasky, 406-497-6482
Fire Marshal, Butte-Silver Bow City-County
Earl Hall, 406-241-8440
Fire Warden, Powell County