Burn Permit and Regulations

Regulations for Open Burning

Open Burning Season is January 15 through May 1

    • A permit will be required to burn
    • Burning will be allowed from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • No fire may be started after 12:00 noon
    • Burning must be at least 75' from any structure
    • Burning must take place proximate to the source of material
    • Absolutely no starter material such as tires, gasoline, motor oil, or any other petroleum accelerant will be used
    • No burning in barrels
    • Under the law you are allowed to burn debris from the following:
      • Domestic tree trimming and pruning
      • Domestic garden preparation
      • Commercial nursery tree trimming and pruning
      • Government nursery and forest tree trimming / maintenance of existing access ways
    • Burning will be conducted without causing a hardship or nuisance to others
    • Issue of this permit does not release the holder from liability for damages caused by his/her fire
    • The fire must be attended all time by a responsible adult
    • A means of extinguishing must be available at all times
    • Prohibited from burning:
      • Hay
      • Grass
      • Leaves
      • Whole trees
      • Stumps
      • Carpentry debris
      • Building Debris
      • Paper/Rubbish
    If high wind or dry conditions exist, open burning is discouraged. The permit must be in the holder's possession during each burning event. There is no need to call the Fire Department prior to burning.

    Red Flag Days

    As a valid Open Burning permit holder, please be aware that there are days called “Red Flag Warning” days on which burning is prohibited. These days are weather-dependent, and determined by the National Weather Service. For your safety, to determine if you will be able to burn on any given day within the open burning season (January 15 – May 1), please visit http://www.weather.gov/ before starting your fire.


    Fill out the online Burn Permit Form on or after January 15.
    Note: This form only has to be filled out once per season, not each time you wish to burn.