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Open Air Burning Permit

Statewide Permit

A permit is required for open air burning for fire activities in woodlands, within 200 feet of woodlands, or activities adjacent to or within an area where flammable materials that could ignite and carry fire to woodland are located.  To obtain a Maryland Forest Service Open Air Burning permit, contact your local Forest Service Office.

Under prolonged or unusual conditions conducive to the easy starting and spread of wildfire, the Director may declare a complete ban on all open air burning in woodland or in areas of flammable material likely to carry fire to woodland, through the state or in any specific area.

The permit does not apply inside the limits of incorporated towns or to small recreational fires such as campfires.

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Valid for 30 days or less Revised : No Date
10 days Approval time
$0 Application cost
10-30 mins Average completion time

How to get your license?

Obtaining the License

Steps, requirements and documents

For areas greater than 1 acre, a burn plan is required.

A burn plan may be required at the discretion of the ranger or forester issuing the permit for areas less than 1 acre.

How do I apply?

Apply or register

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How do I maintain or renew my permit?

Maintaining Your Permit

Renewal after 30 days or less

You may need to meet or abide by all of the following requirements
in order to maintain or renew your permit

Applicant is responsible for compliance with all other federal, state and local laws, regulations, and ordinances relating to open air burning, including air quality regulations. Contact your local Environmental Health Department for more information on air quality regulations and permit applicability.

Permit issuer



Who issues the permit?

Department of Natural Resources

Contact information

Maryland Forest Service - Monte Mitchell
Tel: (410) 260-8531 / Fax: (410) 260-8595
Work hours: 8AM to 4:30PM

Address: 580 Taylor Avenue, E-1, Annapolis, MD 21401


Why is this permit required?

To protect woodlands, property, and life from uncontrolled fire.

Where can I find more information?

Resources and Links

Visit the following websites for additional information

How do I apply?

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