Why do I need an Open Burn Permit?

Unless specifically exempted by rule,1 persons setting outdoor fires, by law,2, 3  must obtain a permit from ADEQ or a delegated permitting authority. These laws are intended to help protect the public from smoke impacts. Two types of open burn permits are issued in Arizona: Normal and Dangerous Materials.

Permit Types

Normal Open Burn Permit: Needed for open outdoor fires for the purposes of weed abatement, prevention of a fire hazard or instruction in the methods of fighting fires, unless conducted by a public officer in the performance of an official duty. In some locations, fire departments and local governments have authority to issue normal open burn permits | See Jurisdiction List for County Open Burn Permit Information >

Dangerous Materials Open Burn Permit: Needed to burn hazardous waste or any substances that may cause bodily harm or property loss if not neutralized, consumed or otherwise disposed of in a controlled and safe manner. Fires set for the disposal of dangerous materials are permitted only when there is no safe alternative method of disposal and when the burning of the materials does not result in the emission of hazardous or toxic substances in amounts that will endanger health or safety. Only ADEQ has authority to issue open burn permits for dangerous materials.

Can I Burn Household Trash?

Unless certain criteria are met,4 by law, household trash may not be burned, and should be disposed by way of waste collection systems.

How Can I Conduct Burning?

Material to be burned must be either piled, collected in a pit or ditch, field burned (agricultural only), or burned using an approved waste burner. An approved waste burner means an incinerator constructed of fire resistant material with a cover or screen that is closed when in use, and has opening in the sides or top no greater than one-inch in diameter.  The open burn permit will specify the allowable methods that can be used for burning.

Permit Duration: 1 year

Permit Cost: $0 (ADEQ does not charge a fee)

Time to Process Permit: 7 business days of receipt of a completed application

Please send all open burn permit applications to:
   Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
   ATTN: Air Quality Division
   1110 W. Washington St.
   Phoenix, AZ 85007
   Fax: 602-771-2299
   Email Application | Email >

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