Residential Burn Permit Information

Update for burn permits in the State Responsibility Area (SRA) within the North County FPD

We can once again issue Residential Burn Permits. These permits are available here through the link below or at any of our three fire stations. Please note: if you cannot afford or do not wish to pay the fee you can get a permit at no cost from CALFIRE at the Aromas Fire Station located at 492 Carpenteria Road, Aromas, CA 95004.

Agricultural Burn Permits in the SRA must be obtained from CAL FIRE.

Agricultural Burn permits in the Local Responsibility Area will continue to be issued by us.

If you are uncertain if your property is within the SRA, you can contact any of our fire stations and our staff will be happy to help you.


Burning is allowed ONLY on Permissive Burn Days and properties 1/2 acre or larger. Call 1-800-225-2876 or check online HERE for burn status. North County FPD is located in the Coastal Zone. Validate your permit each day you burn.

For Agricultural Permits, please visit one of our stations. Locations can be found HERE.

What Can I Burn?


Burning only DRY clippings and trimmings from trees and other natural vegetation grown on your property. Grass and leaves shall NOT be burned as they pose a greater fire hazard and generate large amounts of smoke. They must be disposed of in the waste containers provided by your local disposal provider.

The hotter the fire, the less smoke there will be. Watch where your smoke it going. If it is travelling in the direction of your neighbor or creating an unsafe condition, put the fire out. Smoke complaints may result in fire personnel revoking the permit.

The use of incinerators or burn barrels is prohibited. Do not burn Poison Oak or Poison Ivy! See the complete list below of prohibited burn items.

  • Garbage or rubbish, metal and cans
  • Treated wood, plywood, lumber
  • Insulation, caulking tubes, paints or coatings
  • Construction or demolition debris
  • Furniture or lumber (treated/untreated)
  • Asphalt shingles, tar paper
  • Tires, rubber, plastics and glass
  • Grass clippings. It is no longer legal to burn grass clippings because
    they cause too much smoke

Hours Of Burning


Open burning shall be permitted from 8 A.M. to 3 P.M. daily. Do not add more vegetation to the fire after 3 P.M. All fires shall be completely extinguished before dusk each day.

Burning Guidelines


  • Recommended pile size is 4’x4’ diameter
  • An area of 10’ from the outer edge of the pile shall be maintained free and clear of all flammable material and vegetation
  • Responsible person shall be in attendance with a tool (shovel, rake, etc) until the fire is extinguished
  • Some form of extinguishment (i.e. garden hose) available at the pile
  • No burning shall be undertaken unless weather conditions permit safe burning

Applicable Fire Code sections:

307.2.2 - Hours of Burning. Open burning shall be permitted only from Dawn until 12 P.M. Fires shall be completely extinguished before dusk each day.

307.4 - Location. The location for open burning shall not be less than 100 feet from any structure and provisions shall be made to prevent the fire from spreading to within 100 feet of any structure.

307.5 - Attendance. Open burning, bonfires, recreational fires, rural residential maintenance fires, and use of outdoor fireplaces shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished. A minimum of one portable on site fire-extinguisher complying with Section 906 with a minimum 4-A rating OR other approved on-site fire extinguishing equipment, such as dirt, sand, water barrel, garden hose or water truck shall be available for immediate utilization.

Violations of any of these permit terms are violations of California State Law. (Public Resources Code 4421, 4422, 4423, 4425). Health & Safety Code 13009 states that persons who loses control of permitted burns may be held liable for suppression costs. A VIOLATION OF THE AIR POLLUTION CONTROL DISTRICT RULES 438 AND REGULATIONS IS A MISDEMEANOR AND CAN SUBJECT YOU TO MONETARY PENALTIES.



Residential burn permits are valid December 1st, 2017 through April 30th, 2018. Burn on permissive days only. End date is subject to suspension by fire officials during period of high fire danger. The permit can be revoked at any time by North County FPD Chief or CAL FIRE. Click Buy Now to purchase. Be sure to return to the site on the invoice to receive the printable permit.

2017-2018 Permit Cost



Any Questions? Contact Carolina Bravo 831-633-2578 or visit one of our 3 stations.