Open Air Burning 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.
How to get your license?
Obtaining the License
Steps, requirements and documents
How do I apply?
Apply or register
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.
Why is this permit required?
To protect woodlands, property, and life from uncontrolled fire.