Do I Need a Permit to Burn Yard Waste?
Yes, you may need a burn permit depending on your location and other parameters.
Yard waste may be burned without prior authorization ONLY if the following guidelines apply:
- Yard waste includes leaves, shrub trimmings, grass clippings, brush and palm fronds. Land clearing or tree cutting debris or household paper products are NOT CONSIDERED yard waste.
- You have checked with your local fire department or Florida Forest Service to ensure there are no statewide bans on open burning.
- You meet the set-backs as required:
- 25 feet from forests;
- 50 feet from paved public roads;
- 25 feet from your house; and
- 150 feet from other occupied buildings.
- Fire is contained in a non-combustible container or in a pile less than 8′ in diameter and on the ground which has been cleared of combustible material.
- Fire is started after 9:00 a.m. and put out one hour prior to sunset.
- Adequate fire extinguishing equipment is available at all times.
- Fire is attended at all times.
- Smoke is not a hazard or nuisance.
For burns not meeting the above requirements, a burn permit can be obtained from the North Collier Fire Prevention Bureau at (239) 597-9227. The Bureau can also answer any additional questions that you may have.
The Florida Forest Service is available to answer your questions.
(239) 690-8000 (Administration)
(239) 690-8001 (Report Wildfires or Request Burn Authorizations)