Your farm is an agricultural operation if you used the most recent year’s IRS Schedule F, or its corporate equivalent, for commercial agriculture. Read the agricultural burning rule for more information.
Most agricultural burning requires a permit. If the field you want to burn is in a county with a clean air agency, contact them about an agricultural burn permit.
|You don't need a permit to burn
||You do need a permit to burn
- Fence rows
- Ditch banks
- Irrigation canals
- Annual orchard prunings
- Windblown tumbleweeds
- Post-harvest field and crop residue
- Vineyard and orchard tree tear-outs
- Cereal grain stubble
- Small spots in fields
- Orchard and field flaming
Don't allow smoke to impact others. Before starting a fire, contact your local fire department to make sure there is no local burn ban.
Find the county, then the office in that county where you can get an agricultural burn permit. Depending on the county your field is in, the burn permit may be issued by us or by a conservation district. If your field is in a county with a clean air agency, contact that agency for information. Tribal land is protected by tribal government, with technical help from EPA.
For a burn permit application, look under "agricultural burn permit applications." Forms may be delivered to one of the offices below, emailed to our Eastern or Central Region office, or mailed to the address listed on the application. Application forms are also available at each office.
Best Management Practices (BMPs) are one of the ways to show the need to burn. Applicants must use Best Management Practices to complete their application to burn.