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Open  Burning - Air Pollution Control


    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

Florida Forest Service
(561) 791-4725.

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 the

Palm Beach County Health Department
Air Pollution Control Program Office
 (561) 837-5900

    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 clean-up  activities.

    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 -  PBC Open Burning Ordinance

  • 62_256_7005a.pdf   pdf  (Fire Departments)
    Application for: Fire departments requesting to burn a building/structure for training purposes.
  • pbchd-ob_land_clearing.pdf  pdf  (Non-Residential)
    Application :
    is required for the initial clearing of vegetation in connection with building construction or initial clearing of vegetation  to enhance property.
  • pbchd-ob_residential.pdf  pdf  (Residential)
    Application :
    is required for the initial clearing of vegetation on a parcel consisting of not more than two dwelling units.
  • pbchd-ob_wavier.pdf  pdf  (Statement Waiving Setback Requirement)
    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,
Florida 33402-0029,
attention:  Open Burn Program.

Code Of Ordinances County Of Palm Beach, FloridaCode 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 Authority

The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County
Customer Service Hotline at
(561) 697-2700.
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 appreciated.


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