Burn permits are REQUIRED under Arizona Revised Statutes.
Before You Apply
- Permits can NOT be issued to any applicant under the age of 18.
- Permits can NOT be issued to any applicant unless they are the legal property owner.
- Draw a map showing the burn location in relation to surrounding structures, electrical lines, gas meters and fences AND the distance from the burn location to each one of them.
- "Burn barrels" are NOT allowed in Arizona.
- Burning household trash is NOT allowed in Arizona.
- "Bon fires" REQUIRE a permit.
- "Camp fires" DO NOT require a permit.
- You are required to abide by all regulations and requirements at all times.
- Any public official can order the burn to be extinguished at any time if they deem that it's a public hazard.
- There are limitations on what you can burn (see below).
- The burn MUST be 50 OR MORE FEET from ANY structure.
- We do spot checks to check for valid permits, distance requirements, age requirements and for prohibited materials. The state has also been known to randomly stop at a burn to verify the same.
- You will have to notify the dispatch center before you burn and when it's extinguished (see "Extinguished" below.
Things To Consider
- Someone 18 or older MUST stand or sit at the fire AT ALL TIMES until extinguished (see "Extinguished" below). Checking on the burn from a house window is NOT considered to be "monitoring".
- Persons under the age of 18 can NOT initiate a controlled burn.
- Gas, diesel or any other accelerant can NOT be used to start a controlled burn.
- Remove all prohibited material from the burn location BEFORE burning.
- "Extinguished" means that there is no active flame and the area is COLD TO THE TOUCH.
- The property owner and the individual starting the burn are legally responsible for the burn. Likewise, should the burn get out of control and require the department to put it out OR your burn leaves your property OR damages someone else's property, the property owner and person starting the burn are legally AND financially responsible for all damages AND the total cost of the fire apparatus and personnel required to put it out (including other agencies if a mutual aid request has to be made).
- Arizona Revised Statutes 49-502 | Read >
- Arizona Revised Statutes 49-501 | Read >
- Arizona Administrative Code R18-2-602 | Read >