Outdoor Burning & Burn Permits
Operational Burn Permit Notice
Georgetown Fire Department requires an operational permit inside the city limits and within the ESD#8 for outdoor burning. The applicant must meet all of the guidelines in the state and local Outdoor Burning Regulations listed below and an on-site inspection may be required.
WE HAVE MOVED TO AN ONLINE PERMITTING PROCESS ONLY!
If you do not have access to a computer or need assistance with the online application, a kiosk is located in the Fire Administration Office at 3500 D.B. Wood Road specifically for this purpose.
Instructions: Please read carefully
The burn permit application is a 3-step process.
Step 1: Apply for the burn permit online (You will need an email address – click HERE to learn how to set up a free account). An inspector will review your application within 24-48 hours.
Step 2: You will receive an email approving or denying your application. If approved, this email will contain a link with which to submit your credit card payment. If denied, you may contact a Fire Inspector for more information, 512-930-FIRE (3473).
Step 3: Once payment is approved, you will automatically receive a second email with your permit number. This email will serve as your permit and must be retained until the expiration date. (If you do not receive an email within 24-48 hours of your application submission, check the Spam folder in your email.)
Each time prior to burning, you must call 512-930-3510 to report your control burn to the Non-Emergency Dispatch Team.
**Please note: Our system can only accept Visa and MasterCard. We cannot accept American Express or Discover.**
Operational Burn Permit Requirements (Residential and Commercial):
Application, for such approval, shall only be presented by and permits issued to the owner of the land upon which the fire is to be kindled. The permit shall be kept on site and readily available for view upon request at all times when burning. A permit shall be obtained from the City of Georgetown Fire Marshal’s Office prior to kindling a fire for the following:
Wildlife management practices (good for 30 days from date of issuance)
Bonfire (good per event/burn)
Prescribe fire/burn (good for 30 days from date of issuance)
To dispose of unwanted vegetation/fallen limbs/leaves (good for 365 days)
Recreational fire (good for 365 days)
Prevention or control of disease or pests (time frame of permit may vary)
Trench burn (special circumstances and will be granted on a case by case basis)
State Outdoor Burning Regulations:
Outdoor Burning Rules, Regulations and Guidance – The Texas Forestry Service
Outdoor Burning – The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
CLICK ON THE IMAGES BELOW FOR SPECIFIC RULES AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT EACH OF THE SPECIFIED OUTDOOR FIRES