We require a permit for most open burning, except for small fire pits
Three different agencies, including the Hillsborough County Fire Marshal's office, issue open burning permits depending on the type of open fire.
Non-construction and non-agricultural open burns
The Fire Marshal's office issues free Apply for an Open Fire Permit for the following:
- Camp fires
- Ceremonial fires
- Religious fires
Clearing land for construction or agricultural reasons
These types of permits are issued by outside agencies.
EPC open fire permits
The Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) issues permits for for open burning permits for:
- Initial land clearing of vegetation
- Initial land clearing for mineral operations
- Clearing of rights-of-way for public highways or roads
- Clearing for flood control and water drainage channels
Florida Forest Services open fire permits
For railroad workers and farmers needing agricultural burning, visit Florida Forest Services burn authorizations or call (863) 940-6701.
No permit needed
No permit is required if you have a small fire pit, like those sold at home improvement or other stores.
Rules for small fire pits
When using a fire pit, you must follow these rules:
- Burn only clean, dry wood
- Have the pit a minimum of 25 feet from any structure
- Only use for keeping warm or cooking
For more information, call the Fire Marshal’s Office at (813) 744-5541.