Fire Risk & Burn Permits


About Burn Permits

Burn permits are issued from early October, weather dependent, through May 31st, extensions may be issued by the Fire Marshal's Office if moisture levels permit. July through September is the time when no burn permits are issued and all outdoor burning is closed with the exception of campfires. Even through we live in a beautiful green area and are surrounded by water, there is still a very real fire danger during the summer and fall.


Residential Burn Permits 

Residential Burn Permits During the open burning season, permits are required for residential and commercial-size burn piles.  Residential burns may be up to ten-feet in diameter.  

Permits cost $20 and are valid from October through May.  During the burning season, permits can be purchased through our online portal.

Commercial Burn Permits

Residential Burn PermitsCommercial permits are needed for larger burns.  A water supply and heavy equipment - such as an excavator - are required to be on scene.  Commercial permits cost $300 for mail-in/check payments.  A $7.50 convenience fee is added to credit or debit card payments.  Commercial burn permits are valid for 30 days from the date of issue.  Contact Erika Dickey by email or by phone at 360-370-7596 to process your payment and arrange for an inspection.

PLEASE NOTE: All commercial burn permits require inspection prior to issuance and ignition. Application submittal of burn permit in the portal is not permission to burn or proof of a valid permit. 

During the open burning season, you can request a burn pile inspection for Commercial Burns by emailing Erika Dickey or calling 360-370-7596.  You can also email or call the Fire Chief in your area:
1. San Juan 360-378-5334
2. Orcas email or 360-622-9560
3. Shaw email or 360-317-6755
4. Lopez  email or 360-468-2991
5. Outer islands email or 360-370-7596