Residential Burn Permit Information

Residential Burn Season Is Closed

Agricultural Burns in the SRA are also currently banned by CAL FIRE.

Agricultural Burn permits in the Local Responsibility Area will continue to be issued by us and are still allowed on appropriate burn days.

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 3 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.

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