Apply for an open burn permit

Except for certain situations you will need an open burn permit for an open burn anywhere in Fayette County. 

Open Burning Regulations

Open burning frequently asked questions

Q: Do I need a burn permit for my grill or fire pit?
A: No, but please ensure that these appliances are far away from any structures or wooded areas and that only wood or charcoal are burned. Burning trash is strictly prohibited. Fire pits must be small in size and do not include "bon fires." If a neighbor complains about excess smoke, the fire may have to be extinguished. Please use common sense and never leave fires unattended.

Q: Can I burn trash?
A: No. Only wood, brush and charcoal may be burned in Fayette County.

Q: I'm in a rural area of the county, do I still need a permit?
A: Yes. All open burning is regulated with the boundaries of Fayette County.

Q: How long is my permit good for?
A: In most cases permits are good for 30 days maximum.

Q: How long will it take to approve my permit?
A: LFUCG ordinances allow up to 20 days for approval but in most cases permits are issued in much less time, depending on the work load of the Fire Investigation Bureau.

Q: Once I submit my burn permit application, am I approved to burn?
A: No. You will be contacted by the Fire Investigation Bureau to set up a site inspection if you are applying for a new permit. If you are renewing a permit, you will be contacted to confirm your application has been received and the permit has been renewed.

Open burn permit application

Fire pits

While the model codes currently do not specifically address fire pits, the LFUCG open burning ordinance (Section 9-20) does provide guidelines on their use. The ordinance intends to allow property owners to eliminate tree and brush debris by obtaining a permit to burn this debris. 

Learn more about fire pits