A few of our Ordinances seem to be asked about frequently. If you have any questions on these issues or others just give us a call at 402-752-3222.


Hereafter, burning will be allowed only on Wednesdays and Saturdays within the Village. Burning of dry leaves shall be permitted to be burned in the ditches within the Village. The homeowner or tenant who shall be burn said leaves shall be responsible for cleaning up the ditch immediately upon said fire being extinguished. Any and all other combustible materials to be burned shall be placed in a metal container with a metal screen over the top of the said metal container. All fires shall be extinguished at sundown. It shall be unlawful for any person to burn any materials whatsoever on the pavement, curb or asphalt now existing in the Village or hereinafter to be installed. (Am. by Ord. No. 187, 7/2/91

To obtain a burn permit, please call the Village at 402-752-3222.

To view all ordinances regarding fire and burning, please view this document.

Building permits are required for most improvements to your property. This includes and is not limited to fences, dog kennels, storage sheds, culverts, driveways, propane tanks for heating, etc. Full information, along with FAQ, and applications can be obtained from the Village Office in person or online here or Adams County Planning and Zoning Office.

Dog licenses are required on a yearly basis. The licenses are issued beginning January 1st and expire January 31st the following year.  There is a $10 late fee if paid after January 31st. We require a copy of the Vet Clinic Certificate of Rabies Vaccination showing the dog is current on his/her rabies vaccination. Please note that we also require that you keep your dog on a leash, in a kennel or in a fenced yard at all times. They are not allowed to “roam”. The Village of Kenesaw does not have a dog-catcher nor a facility to hold loose dogs. Any calls reporting a loose dog will be handed off to the Adams County Sheriff’s Office and an officer will take the dog to a shelter in Hastings if the dog is unlicensed and owner can’t be immediately identified. The shelter will attempt to contact the owner if possible and the dog will be released upon payment of the fee required by the Sheriff’s department.

Abondoned are not allowed on private property for more than one month. The maximum time limit for parking a vehicle on a public street is 24 consecutive hours, unless otherwise posted.

Residential yards are to be mowed. Sidewalks are to be scooped within 24 hours after the cessation of a snow storm. Businesses are to have sidewalks scooped within 5 hours of the cessation of the snow storm. If the snow falls during the night, they are to be scooped by about 9 a.m. the following day.