How To Get a Burn Permit for Prescribed Fires or Pile Fires in Florida

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Burning a large Pile of brush, trash, or debris in Florida?  Or perhaps you are doing a "Prescribed Burn" to clear out useless scrub and underbrush.  You will need a Permit from the State of Florida Division of Forestry.


     The other day a man in my neighborhood was burning a pile of logs and branches.  Neighbors called the Tallahassee - Leon County Fire Department.  A Fire Engine arrived along with a Fire Truck. 

    The Firemen asked to see a Permit.  When the man said "I do not have a Permit", the Firemen promptly extinguished the fire!


Fire in Florida Permit Needed



     The Firemen were courteous and professional; they advised the man on How To Get a Required Permit. 


Firemen in Tallahassee Leon County Florida



How to Get a Burn Permit in Florida


     The State of Florida Division of Forestry  regulates Burn Piles and Prescribed Burns in Florida.  


     Go ONLINE to find the telephone number for your nearest Florida Division of Forestry Field Operations Unit

      Or, complete the Online Open Burn Authorization Request (in PDF).


     Once you complete the Form and get Approval from the Division of Forestry, you will receive a Customer Number and a Password.  This will greatly expedite Future Requests.



     The man who was burning in the neighborhood?  He got the Permit and completed his Burn.  The Division of Forestry did send out a Law Enforcement Officer; the Officer met the man doing the burning, and Inspected the Burn Pile for setbacks.


Florida Division of Forestry Pickup Truck



     The next day, a County Fireman stopped by (just a pickup truck this time, no Fire Engine).  He said that "another [neighbor has called], but we told them that this is a Permitted Fire - All is Okay."



Permitted Fire Burns Out


     Burning a large Pile of brush, trash, or debris in Florida?  Or perhaps you are doing a "Prescribed Burn" to clear out useless scrub and underbrush.  You will need a Permit from the State of Florida Division of Forestry.



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  1. John McCormack 11/04/2012 03:56 PM
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John McCormack
Albuquerque Homes Realty * - Albuquerque, NM, Albuquerque Homes Realty

Be wise get a burn permit.  In our drought stricken area they would call all units out for a fire of this size.... Plus all the local news channels would be flying above.

Nov 02, 2012 10:12 PM #1
Sussie Sutton
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In our area you first need to check to see if there is a burn ban in effect. However, if you are burning a large amount of trees and brush you will need a permit. The fire-chief doesn't (at this time) want a person to dig and burn. There are different ways to burn as you noted the easements around a fire..crazy my very young youth...we would just burn willie-nilly!

Nov 03, 2012 11:20 AM #2
Kwee Huset
Kwee Huset Realty - Venice, FL
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Hi Fred, thanks for sharing the news. In Venice we are not allow to burn pile at all. I did not know you can do it with a permit.

Nov 03, 2012 06:38 PM #3
Fred Griffin
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John, we had the opposite problem here in Tallahassee.  During the summer, it rained almost 100 days straight!

Sussie - I hear your willie-nilly.  We used to get a can of gasoline and a match and just light it up!

Kwee - the phone number for the Myakka River District Field Unit (Sarasota County and Venice) is 941-751-7627  Visit their Web Page here   Before setting a fire, I would still check with the Sarasota County / Venice Fire Department to be absolutely certain of the laws and regulations.

Nov 03, 2012 06:44 PM #4
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