There are two different types of permits for open burning, depending upon the size and scope of your open burn. Choose your option below.
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Residential Backyard Burn
What is a “Backyard Burn”?
Backyard burns are fires for disposing of dry natural vegetation grown on and being burned on the premises of a single- or two-family residence. This type of open burning is permitted for non-commercial use, as open burning by commercial businesses is prohibited. Use of a burn barrel is considered open burning and requires a permit. All outdoor fires shall be restricted to untreated wood (no paint, preservative, glue, etc.) or natural vegetation originating from the property where the burning occurs.
Air quality is important, and it is your responsibility to assure you comply with air quality restrictions, or any burn bans on the day of your burn.
Certain areas are restricted from open burning during certain times of the year, such as the Lemon Creek and Mendenhall Valley. It is your responsibility to ensure you are in compliance to burn at your location. Areas outside the Open Burn Restriction Zone still require a permit to burn.
Open burning during a “Red Flag” warning period is not permitted. It is your responsibility to check this weather service link to ensure you are in compliance on the day you wish to burn .
All outdoor fires shall be restricted to untreated natural wood (no paint, preservative, glue, plywood, etc.) or natural vegetation originating from the property where the burning occurs, such as branches, shrubbery, or other natural occurring vegetation. Materials must be from the burn site only; materials cannot be transported to the site and then burned. Absolutely no man-made material may be burned. Open burning of rubbish or trash is prohibited.
ONLY BURN DRY MATERIALS
Burn materials in open burns must be dry, not wet or damp. Use of tarps helps keep materials dry until conditions allow for burning.
Minimum Drying Time Prior to Burning
Field crop waste cut green = 10 days
Up to 2 inches in diameter = 30 days
More than 2 up to 6 inches in diameter = 60 days
Fires shall be limited to natural wood or vegetation piles with outside dimensions of no greater than 10’ in diameter. Open burning which creates an unsafe condition, a danger to public health and safety or which produces obnoxious odor, or smoke or debris that impinges on surrounding structures, or causes discomfort to nearby residents, may be considered a nuisance is prohibited.
Open burning conditions which could cause the fire to spread to a nearby structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.
A garden hose connected to a steady water supply and other standard fire extinguishing equipment, such as shovel, shall be readily available for use at open-burning site. The applicant shall supervise the burning material until the fire has been extinguished. The applicant must also be in possession of the permit at the burn site. You, as the applicant, are responsible for any damage or injury caused by your fire, and its smoke.