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Burning Permits

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You can be fined up to $10,000.00 for illegal open burning in North Carolina.

Things you may NOT burn:

  • Garbage, Paper and Cardboard
  • Tires and other rubber products
  • Building materials, including lumber and wood scraps
  • Wire, plastics and synthetic materials
  • Asphalt shingles and heavy oils
  • Paints, household and agricultural chemicals

Things you may burn:

  • Yard trimmings (excluding logs and stumps)
  • Campfires
  • Outdoor barbeques
  • Bonfires for festive occasions

Landowners can also open burn vegetation to clear land or rights-of-way, provided that:

  • Prevailing winds are away from built up areas and roads.
  • Fires are at least 1,000 feet away from occupied buildings.
  • Burning is done between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Other occasions where open burning is allowed- with Division of Air Quality approval- includes fires for: Training firefighting personnel, managing forest lands or wildlife habitat; controlling agricultural diseases and pests, and disposing of storm damaged materials generated by hurricanes and tornadoes and other natural disasters.

You need a permit from the North Carolina Division of Forest Resources or local government before you can burn, even for allowable purposes. However, such permits do not excuse a person from following the state’s open burning rules.

Get Your Burning Permit Online.

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