Burn Permits

How to Apply for Residential Burn Permits in San Juan County

 A residential burn permit for fires 10 feet or less in diameter can be applied for as follows: 

1) In person at the following locations:  

  • Fire District Offices on San Juan, Shaw, Orcas or Lopez;  
  • San Juan County Department of Community Development, 135 Rhone Street, Friday Harbor, WA 98250  
2) On-line by going to the San Juan County Community Development on-line permit page.  If you do not have an address in our system, you will need to have DCD set the permit up for you.  (See below)
Instructions for making on-line application:   

  Step 1.   Go to https://services.sanjuanco.com/Default.asp?Build=SY.CSHome and select “Permits and Inspections” on the left hand side of the screen.

Step 2. Register as a new user if you are not already a registered user.

Step 3. Once you have registered, click on "Create New Account" to generate an account number (disregard the entry for license number).

Step 4. On the left hand side of the page click on “Apply for a permit”. On the drop down menu choose “Residential Burn Permit”. 

Step 5. Select your address by entering house or building number and zip code, clicking on the search button and using the drop down menu, double click to select your address from the list. Click “Next Step”

Step 6.  Enter island using the drop down menu.  LEAVE THE DISTRICT PERMIT BOX BLANK.

Step 7. Click the “Pay Fees” button and follow the prompts.

Step 8.  You will receive your permit via email from DCD within one business day after it is submitted. 

To have an account and permit set up by DCD

If you would like SJC to enter the information for you and set up your permit to pay online, please e-mail the following information to dcd@sanjuanco.com:

1) Address or Parcel Number for burn location (including zip code if on Orcas)
2) Name and address of property owner
3) Name and address of applicant
4) Your contact number

Once the permit is set up, you will be contacted via e-mail with the online payment instructions.  When you notify us that payment has been made, your permit will be e-mailed to you.