Do I need a permit to burn at my residence?
Certain burning activities do not require a permit. Open outdoor fire activities that do not require a permit include:
- Cooking for immediate human consumption
- Warmth for human beings
- Recreational purposes (small fire pit or container)
- Branding animals
- Orchard heaters
- Wood burning chimneys
- Outdoor fire pits
To check the current Air Quality Status and Fire Restrictions, visit Maricopa County's CleanAirMakeMore.com.
When is a burn permit required, and what activities are allowed with a permit?
- Open fires for destruction of tumble weeds for the prevention of fire hazards where other reasonable methods are not available.
- Open fires for the burning of certain material, including citrus trees and vegetation, but only for agricultural operations.
- Ditchbank and fence row when farmers can’t use other mechanical methods.
- Tumbleweeds, to ensure tumbleweed seeds are destroyed.
- Land clearance, used to clear land for farming.
How do I obtain a burn permit or file a complaint about illegal burning and/or dust violations?