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Palm Beach County Fire Rescue
Bureau of Safety Services
405 Pike Road
West Palm Beach, FL
E-Mail: Division Chief Larry Willhite
Open burning permits are required for commercial, residential, and agricultural land clearing purposes. As a courtesy to the public, applications for open burning permits are available at all Palm Beach County Fire Rescue stations. To find your local Palm Beach County Fire Rescue location, use our fire station map.
All sites used for commercial and residential land clearing must be approved by the Palm Beach County Health Department, Air Pollution Division. Once the PBCHD approves the burn site, they will issue a Letter of Authorization. This completed letter will be needed in order to obtain your Open Burning Permit from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.
The Division of Forestry is responsible for the oversight of prescribed burns for habitat/ecosystem management and burning incidental to other continuous agricultural activities.
Palm Beach County Fire Rescue reviews daily weather forecasts and depending on the fire danger, burning may or may not be allowed. When you are issued a burn permit, you will be given instructions on how to find out if you are allowed to burn. If you have any questions, please call us at 5617127030.
Certain fires defined as recreational, ceremonial, religious, cooking, etc. do not require open-burning permits. However, requirements do apply to ensure such fires do not create an undue fire hazard. "Backyard burning" is not permitted in Palm Beach County, therefore recreational fires are not permitted as a means of disposing of yard debris.
Recreational (camp fires, cooking fires, fires for
warmth of outdoor workers) and Ceremonial (bon fires, fires for religious purposes) Fires
A person who wishes to have a recreational or ceremonial fire may do so provided that they have written a letter of request to the Fire Marshal and have received a letter of approval. The person must then contact their area fire station to verify if burning is permitted on the approved date of the event.Additional Requirements for Recreational and Ceremonial Fires
The Fire Marshal will issue a letter for such events, detailing the requirements for burning to be permitted and requiring the affected station to be notified of the burn.
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