Burn Permits

  1. County Burn Risk To Low/ Extended Burning Hours

    Fuel moistures have risen to the point that San Juan County has downgraded fire risk to "Low." This change will result in an end to the limited burning times of from dawn until noon. Read on...
  2. Residential Burning Opens Monday, October 2, 2017

    Residential burning season will be opening, on Monday, October 2nd. Residential burning with a permit will be allowed. Read on...
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About Burn Permits

Burn permits are issued from early October, weather dependent, through May 31st, extensions may be issued by the Fire Marshal's Office if moisture levels permit. July through September is the time when no burn permits are issued and all outdoor burning is closed with the exception of campfires. Even through we live in a beautiful green area and are surrounded by water, there is still a very real fire danger during the summer and fall.


Residential Burn Permits 

Residential Burn Permits During the open burning season, permits are required for residential and commercial-size burn piles.  Residential burns may be up to ten-feet in diameter.  

Permits cost $20 and are valid from October through June.  During the burning season, permits can be purchased here or in person from the headquarters fire stations on Orcas, San Juan, Lopez and Shaw Islands.

Commercial Burn Permits

Residential Burn PermitsCommercial permits are needed for larger burns.  Heavy equipment - such as an excavator - is required to be on scene.  Commercial permits cost $250 and are valid for 30 days.

Commercial permits are not available online because a site inspection is required prior to the issuance of a commercial burn permit.

During the open burning season, you can request a burn pile inspection by selecting "Request Inspection" on the menu bar near the top of this page.