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Fire and Life Safety - Tree and Garden Trimming

Open Burning Regulations

  • 30-Day Permit
    • Any vegetation
      • commonly removed from trees, shrubs or garden plants during the normal pruning process
      • falls from trees during normal thunderstorms or windy days
      • removed from a garden after the growing season (corn stalks, tomato vines, bean vines etc.)

Prohibited burns

  • Toxic or hazardous materials or containers for such materials
  • Rubber tires, asphaltic material, crankcase oil, impregnated wood, or similar materials
  • Paper, used lumber or trade waste
  • Building and/or demolition material
  • Household/commercial trash or refuse

Permit

A written permit is required prior to open burning of tree/garden trimmings.

  • application must be submitted at least 15 days before burn date
    • an application with all required permissions must be submitted for each permit requested
  • valid for 30 days none renewable
    • limited to two permits per burn season per address October through April
  • prohibited by law May, June, July, August, and September
  • only one pile must be burned at a time
    • must not exceed the 6’ x 8’ x 4’ size
    • location of burning minimum 300 feet from occupied building unless prior permission is given
    • fires at least 50 feet from any structure or combustible material
    • burning takes place on premises of private property where trimmings were taken

Open Burn Permit Application 
Neighbor Permission Form 

For more information about open burning, contact the Fire Marshal's Office or call 804-748-1426.