To ensure that air pollution from open burning operations does not negatively impact the human health, welfare, and the
surrounding environment of Palm Beach County, all open burning operations related to residential land clearing and land clearing for commercial purposes are regulated by the Palm Beach
County Health Department. A written approval must be obtained from the Palm Beach County Health Department.
For agricultural open burning (i.e. nursery maintenance burns, pasture
clearing) inquiries should be directed to the
Florida Forest Service
In order to obtain a burn permit the following procedure applies:
- The applicant shall fill out the appropriate application and return it either by person or by mail to the Palm Beach County
Health Department with the appropriate fee.
- An inspector will then visit the site to determine compliance with the applicable regulations.
- If conditions are satisfactory the Palm Beach County Health Department will issue a written approval.
- The applicant shall submit the letter of approval to the local fire department which will then issue the burn permit.
If you have any questions regarding the approval process, please call
Palm Beach County Health Department
Air Pollution Control Program Office
The appropriate fire department shall be contacted on a daily basis after 9:00 AM to obtain
authorization for burning.
Since August 1, 1991, backyard burning has not been allowed in Palm Beach County to reduce yard trash.
Back yard burning is defined as burning to
remove vegetative matter resulting from yard maintenance, including tree an shrub trimmings, grass clippings, palm frond's, pine needles, trees and tree stumps, or any other routine property
The burning of any household paper products to reduce garbage, or any construction debris from a construction site including plywood, roofing materials or
any other processed materials, is strictly prohibited in all situations.
Open Burning Forms -
Open Burning Ordinance
Application for: Fire departments requesting to burn a
is required for the
initial clearing of
vegetation in connection
construction or initial
clearing of vegetation
to enhance property.
Application : is required for the initial clearing of
vegetation on a parcel consisting of not more
than two dwelling units.
shall be submitted when an open burn site fails to
meet the required setbacks set forth in the applications.
Applications with the accompanying fee (see applications) may be mailed
or delivered to:
Palm Beach County Health Department,
Environmental Health and Engineering,
Air Pollution Control Program
800 Clematis Street,
P.O. Box 29,
West Palm Beach,
attention: Open Burn Program.
Code Of Ordinances County Of Palm Beach, Florida
If you have any problems or questions regarding yard trash pick up, contact your trash collection vendor,
Palm Beach County Solid Waste
Customer Service Hotline at
1-866-792-4636 (toll -free)
Failure to comply with open burning regulations can result in enforcement, permit suspension/revocation, and criminal or civil
penalties. Your cooperation and compliance with Palm Beach County's Open Burning Policies are