We issue burn permits for agriculture, outdoor, and residential burning to protect healthy air in Washington. The type and location of burning you are planning will determine if you need a permit. Check for a burn ban before you start burning.
Agricultural burn permits
Agricultural burning can be an important part of your business. We want to help you do this safely and legally. Learn more about agricultural burning and permitting.
Outdoor and residential burn permits
The types of burning we manage include:
- land clearing
- residential yard waste burning
- fire training burns
Before you start burning, check if you need a permit, if the type of burning you want to do is allowed in your area, or if there is a burn ban in place.
Where you live determines what you can burn
Whether outdoor burning is legal is determined by the location of your home or business. Before you start burning, read about outdoor and residential burning to figure out what burning is allowed in your area.
Types of burn permits
Obtain agricultural burn permits and learn about agricultural burning requirements at Agricultural burning & permitting.
Use this application if you want to burn a structure for a fire training exercise.
This application is for burning trees, stumps, shrubs, or other natural vegetation from land clearing projects. Burning the debris from land clearing is not allowed in some areas, such as urban growth areas. Examples of land clearing include:
- Removal of trees to build a house.
- Tearing out an orchard or clearing rangeland for development.
Burning household yard waste (such as leaves, grass, brush, and other yard trimmings) is illegal in all urban growth areas. For more information, contact the local clean air agency for your county. Find out what you can do instead of burning.
Pertains to burning forest land, which is regulated by the Washington Department of Natural Resources.
Use this application if your burning request does not qualify as either agricultural burning or land clearing. Even some residential burning can require a special permit.
Contact one of our regional offices or your local clean air agency if you have questions about what permit application you need or to find out if burning is allowed in your area.
- Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Klickitat, and Okanogan counties
- Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Walla Walla, and Whitman counties
- San Juan County
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