Burning Requirements


Are REQUIRED for...

Agricultural, silvicultural, land clearing, pile and acreage burning all require a burning authorization from the Florida Forest Service.


to burn yard waste as long as you meet the required setbacks and there are no local, city or county ordinances in place that prohibit burning.

Check with your local city and county officials to find out if there are any restrictions in your area.


Yard waste is vegetative debris such as grass clippings, brush, leaves, tree limbs, palm fronds, etc., that are a result of yard maintenance. You may burn yard waste as long as:

  • You meet the required setbacks and no local city or county ordinances prohibit burning
  • The yard waste was generated on your property and it will fit in an 8-foot diameter pile or non-combustible container
  • Your fire is ignited after 8 a.m. Central Time or 9 a.m. Eastern Time and is extinguished one hour before sunset
  • Smoke is not a hazard or nuisance
  • Clear an area down to bare soil around your pile to prevent the fire from spreading
  • Cover a non-combustible container with wire mesh to keep sparks from flying out and starting new fires

NOTE: Piles greater than 8 feet in diameter will require an 1) authorization from the Florida Forest Service, 2) must have suppression equipment on hand, and 3) need to meet additional setback requirements.

Required Setbacks for Yard Waste Burning

  • 25 feet from forests
  • 50 feet from paved public roads
  • 25 feet from your house
  • 150 feet from other occupied buildings

NOTE: It is illegal to burn household garbage including paper products, treated lumber, plastics, rubber materials, tires, pesticide, paint and aerosol containers.