Fire Code
Prevention & Outreach

Burn Permits

Do I need a burn permit to burn vegetation on my residential property?

Before performing any Open Burning in Currituck County learn North Carolina Open Burning regulations from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality and North Carolina Forestry Service.

Residential Properties

No air quality permit is required for the open burning of leaves, logs, stumps, tree branches, or yard trimmings if the following conditions are met:

  1. The material burned originates on the premises of private residences and is burned on those premises.
  2. There are no public pickup services available.
  3. Non-vegetative materials, such as household garbage, lumber, or any other synthetic materials, are not burned.
  4. The burning is initiated no earlier than 8:00 a.m. and no additional combustible material is added to the fire between 6:00 P.M. on one day and 8:00 A.M. on the following day.
  5. The burning does not create a nuisance.
  6. Material is not burned when the North Carolina Forest Service has banned burning for that area.

The burning of logs or stumps of any size shall not be considered to create a nuisance for purposes of the application of the open burning air quality permitting exception described in this subsection.

NOTE: You can be fined up to $25,000 for illegal open burning in North Carolina

The state regulates open burning because it can cause serious health problems and pollute the air.  Only leaves, branches or other plant growth can be burned.

Illegal to Burn
  • Garbage, paper and cardboard
  • Tires and other rubber products
  • Building materials, including lumber, wire, plastics and synthetic materials
  • Asphalt shingles and heavy oils
  • Paints, household and agricultural chemicals

Open Burn permits may be obtained from the North Carolina Forestry Service.  The issuance of a burn permit does NOT relieve the permittee of responsibility for complying with all air pollution laws, regulations and ordinances, or damage caused to others. Good judgment and extreme caution should always be used.