Open Burning & Burn Permits

Open Burning is the burning of unwanted materials, such as paper, trees, brush, leaves, grass, and other debris, where smoke and other emissions are released directly into the air. During open burning, air pollutants do not pass through a chimney or stack, and/or combustion of the solid waste is inadequately controlled. 

Open burning pollutes the air and poses a forest fire hazard. The air pollution created by open burning can irritate eyes and lungs, obscure visibility, create annoying odors, or pose other nuisance or health threats. 

Because of the problems created by this activity, state and local laws prohibit open burning of many materials. Many people are unaware of the regulations or unsure about which regulations apply to them. Download King William County's Open Burning Regulations brochure to help you identify the problems, regulations, sources of information, and alternatives to open burning as well as when a Burn Permit may be required.

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