Type of burn permit application*
- Residential Burning is burning outdoors at a single or two-family dwelling unit or residence.
- Broadcast Burning is a controlled application of fire to the land, often called a controlled burn or prescribed fire.
- Agency/Ag Burning consists of General Projects, where broadcast burning is performed by a state agency or the agricultural industry, or Preventive Projects that could cause a fire.
CAL FIRE Burn Permits are only for within the State Responsibility Area (SRA), or where CAL FIRE has jurisdictional authority.
Residential burn permits are valid on a yearly cycle, May 1st – April 30th. CAL FIRE will send you an email reminding you to request your new burn permit when it is time to re-apply. If you do not receive the email, please re-apply on or after May 1st.
For information and permits required outside the SRA / CAL FIRE jurisdiction, contact your local City/County fire authority. If the status in your county is marked as "Burning Allowed", you still must confirm that it is a permissive burn day with your local air quality management agency. The contact phone numbers will appear on your permit.
Violations of any Burning Permit Terms are a violation of State Law (Public Resources Code 4421, 4422, 4423, And 4425).