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The Santa Barbara County Fire Department and Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District announced changes that affect permitted pile burns, effective December 17, 2018. See News Release and Informational Postcard for more information.


Permit Burning

  • A burn permit is required for all outdoor burning activity except recreational (campfires) and cooking (BBQ). This includes:
    • Agricultural Burning (see definition)
    • Bonfire
    • Fire Hazard Reduction Burning
    • Residential Dry Vegetation (Backyard) Burning
    • Right-Of-Way Burning
  • Contact your local Fire Station to obtain a burn permit
  • Eligibility for burn permits and the types allowed can be found on the Santa Barbara County Fire Department Burn Permit Information Map
  • Burn permit requirements can be found in the Santa Barbara County Fire Burn Permit Instructions
  • A burn permit may be used ONLY on a Burn Day

Best Practices and Safety Tips

  • Burn permits are required for pile burning
  • It is illegal to burn trash
  • Always burn safely and with consideration for your neighbors
  • If you are concerned about smoke from open burning, view the Complaint Process webpage
  • Active pile burn permits can be viewed at the Santa Barbara County Fire Department Burn Day Status Map

Make Mulch Not Smoke

For Santa Ynez Valley property owners with Residential Dry Vegetation (Backyard) Burn permits, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department will chip your vegetation for no additional charge beyond your permit fee. Wood chips will be left on site and can be used as mulch to further reduce fire danger. Visit the Santa Barbara County Fire Department Chipping webpage for more information.