Burning Regulations within the City Limits

Open Burning within the City Limits

Open burning within the city limits of Jacksonville is not permitted without the following criteria of City Ordinance Section 8-79 being met. Open burning includes burning yard waste or household waste in the yard or in burn barrels. 

A permit is required from the Fire Chief, the Fire Marshal, or his authorized representative for all fires conducted outside of a building. Permits will not be issued unless the burning operation complies with all state and federal air pollution authority rules. The following exceptions are hereby allowed :

  • Fires kindled for the instruction of personnel in methods of fighting fires;
  • Small fires kindled in or upon the ground, with provisions made to prevent the spread of fire, or in a barbecue pit, exterior fireplace, cook-out device or other similar out-of-doors eating or cooking device, when conducted in a safe and prudent manner; or
  • Small fires kindled in a safe location and preferably within a noncombustible enclosure and with provisions made to prevent the spread of fire, for the purpose of human warmth and comfort.

Ord. No. 86 to 04, adopted January 21, 1986, provided that a new section be added to Art. III of Ch. 8. Such section has been included herein as § 8-79

Burning within the City limits outside of what is stated in the ordinance may result in a citation.