Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Are there laws about when fireworks can be discharged in town?
A. Yes. Ordinance 205, Consumer Fireworks, allows the use, ignition, or discharge of fireworks within the hours of 5 p.m. and two hours after sunset on June 29, June 30, July 1, July 2, July 3, July 4, July 5, July 6, July 7, July 8 and July 9 in any year; between the hours of 10 a.m. and 12 midnight on July 4; and between the hours of 10 a.m. on December 31 and 1 a.m. on January 1 in any given year.

Q. Does the Town have a Facebook page?
A. Yes. Click here to go to the Town of Burns Harbor Facebook page. 

Q. What day is trash pick up?
A. Thursdays.

Q. When is recycling picked up?
A. It is picked up every two weeks on Thursdays. Click here for the schedule.

Q. How do I request an Accident Report?
A. Click here to request an accident report from BuyCrash.com website.

Q. How do I report a NIPSCO streetlight is out?
A. Go to http://www.nipsco.com/stay-safe/outage-center/report-a-streetlight-out .

Q. Does the town pick up Christmas Trees?
A. Yes. If it is not picked up with trash collection, leave it by the road and the street department will pick it up.

Q. Do I need a permit to operate an overweight vehicle in town?
A. Yes. A permit needs to be on file with the Street Department.

Q. Does the town have regulations for parking during a snow event?
A. Yes. Ordinance 257, Snow Emergency Regulations, addresses parking prohibitions and regulations when there are two or more inches of snow.

Q. Does the town pick up brush?
A. Yes. The Street Department picks up brush on the 1st & 3rd Mondays May - October. Tree branches are to be no longer than 6 feet long and no larger than 6 inches in diameter. All materials are to be placed on the Town's right-of-way, close to the edge of the pavement. 

Q. When is my sewer bill due?
A. The first day of each month.

Q. What type of payment is accepted for my sewer bill?

A. Cash, check or money order.

Q. Will I get a sewer bill in the mail each month, or bi-monthly?

A. No. You will receive a coupon book in the mail each November with a payment coupon for each month in the following calendar year. You should send in your payment each month, by the first day of the month, and include the corresponding month’s coupon from your book.

Q. Will my sewer bill vary month by month based upon my water usage?
A. No. The bill is calculated using ERU’s (Equivalent Residential Units) and the current rate per ERU is $40.75. Class I Users, or residential users, are assessed at 1 ERU per unit. This includes single family residences, apartments, condominiums, townhouses, duplexes, and mobile home courts (spaces available for rent). Class II Users, or non-residential users, are billed at the number of ERU’s set by a town official based on an examination of the user’s facilities and determining the estimated average monthly flow into the sewage works.

Q. Where do I vote?
A. Voting takes place at the Town Hall, 1240 North Boo Road. For more information about voting visit the Porter County Election page.