Burn permits are required because the process of burning wood and other materials produces fine particulate matter that can be harmful to your lungs and heart. Burning also produces carbon monoxide and other toxins that can harm your health.
To reduce particulate matter air pollution, all types of outdoor fires are prohibited in Maricopa County, except for fires that are specifically allowed by Rule 314. Rule 314 lists the types of fires that are allowed and the restrictions that apply to each type of fire. Permits are required for the following types of fires:
- Fires for disease and/or pest prevention
- Fires for prevention of fire hazards
- Fires for firefighter training
- Fires for burning agricultural ditchbanks and fence rows
- Fires for watershed rehabilitation or control
- Fires for destruction of tumbleweeds (not allowed from May 1 – September 30 in Area A)
- Fires for agricultural land clearance (not allowed from May 1 – September 30 in Area A)
Before Igniting an Outdoor Fire
- Obtain a burn permit (if required by Rule 314).
- Call 602-506-6400 or visit our Burn Restrictions Advisory page to determine if a No Burn Day has been declared. If a No Burn Day has been declared, you may not burn on that day.
- Call your local fire department or dispatch center and notify them of your intent to burn. If they do not give permission to burn, you may not burn on that day.
- Submit the following burn information to the Air Quality Department by fax (602-506-0586) or email (AQpermits@maricopa.gov) each time burning occurs:
- The date of the burn
- The type and quantity of fuel burned
- The fire type (such as pile or windrow)
- The legal location of the burn (street address, parcel number, or latitude/longitude)
How to Obtain a Burn Permit
Complete a Burn Permit Application for each burn site location and submit it (with the appropriate application fee) to:
Maricopa County Air Quality Department
Attention: Burn Permits
3800 N. Central Ave., Suite 1400, Phoenix, AZ 85012
The Air Quality Department will inspect the burn site location before the permit can be issued. If you have questions about the permit application process, call 602-506-6010 or email AQPermits@maricopa.gov.
Air Curtain Destructors
Open outdoor fires in an air curtain destructor require a Title V permit and an approved burn plan. For more information, call 602-506-6010.
Fines for outdoor fires that require a burn permit range from $200 - $10,000 per violation, depending on the type and amount of material burned, the location of the outdoor fire, and other factors associated with the violation.
Report a Violation
Complete the online Air Quality Violations Report Form or call the air quality hotline at 602-372-2703. When calling, you will either speak to our complaint intake staff or leave a message describing the violation. These messages are checked frequently throughout the day so that complaints can be assigned to inspectors promptly. If you choose to provide contact information when submitting a complaint, the inspector who responds to the complaint will contact you to explain their findings.
Page reviewed 23 Sep 2020