Online Burning Permit System
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Step 1. Familiarize yourself with these regulations
Please review the information on this page and then select a county to begin the application. Please click here to visit your regional Division of Air Quality office If you wish, you may view the North Carolina General Statute Chapter 106, Article 78: Regulation of Open Fires.
Before filling out an open burning permit application, please familiarize yourself with these Air Quality regulations and general information related to open burning.
If you are already familiar with the Air Quality regulations listed above, please proceed to the Burn Permit Application Pages by selecting the county you wish to conduct burning in from the list below
Step 2. Select your county from the dropdown and click Go!
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For technical support regarding the online burning permit system, please refer to these Frequently Asked Questions or call the N.C. Burn Permit Support Line at 919-578-2207, Monday — Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please leave a voicemail if your call is not answered. For questions about open burning laws and rules, or for questions about a burn in your area, please contact your county forest ranger.
You may obtain a burn permit from local burn permitting agents currently open for business. Please note that NCFS Office Locations are still temporarily closed to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Information provided to or gathered by the N.C. Forest Service is subject to the N.C. Public Records Law and may be disclosed to third parties upon request.