NOTE: ***PROHIBITED*** Household paper is NOT allowed to be burned. Only vegetative material that is untreated and originating on your property may be burned following these regulations.
Location and setbacks for residential yard waste: (FAC 62-256.700(1)(a)4. and 5.)
Container and/or location:
- The fire is enclosed in a noncombustible container; or
- The fire is restricted to a pile no greater than eight (8’) feet in diameter built upon ground cleared of all combustible material
The fire is set back:
- At least 25 feet from any wildlands, brush, or combustible structure;
- 50 feet from any paved public roadway; and
- 150 feet from any occupied building other than that owned or leased by the individual doing the burning
FAC 62-256.200 - Definitions
- “Yard waste” means vegetative matter resulting from landscaping and yard maintenance operations and other such routine property clean-up activities. It includes materials such as leaves, shrub trimmings, grass clippings, palm fronds, and brush. It does not include land clearing debris or tree cutting debris.
FAC 62-256.700 - Open Burning Allowed.
- Open Burning of Yard Waste.
- Open burning of yard waste is allowed provided:
- The yard waste was generated on residential premises of not more than two family units;
- The open burning is conducted on the premises where the material was generated;
- The fire is ignited after 8:00 a.m. Central time or 9:00 a.m. Eastern time and extinguished no later than one hour before sunset, provided however that no burning shall be conducted during windy conditions;
- The fire is enclosed in a noncombustible container or is restricted to a pile no greater than eight feet in diameter built upon ground cleared of all combustible material;
- The fire is set back at least 25 feet from any wildlands, brush, or combustible structure, 50 feet from any paved public roadway, and 150 feet from any occupied building other than that owned or leased by the individual doing the burning;
- The fire is attended and adequate fire extinguishing equipment is readily available at all times; and
- The moisture content and composition of material to be burned is favorable to good burning which will minimize smoke.
- Except as provided above and at subsections 62-256.700(8) and (9), F.A.C., any other open burning of yard waste is allowed only if such burning is conducted using a Department-permitted air curtain incinerator operated in compliance with the provisions of Rule 62-296.401, F.A.C., and any other terms of the unit’s air permit.
Any burning in Alachua County outside of the parameters above including, but not limited to land clearing and prescribed burns must be preceded by a burn permit issued by the Florida Forest Service by calling 352-955-2010.