BURN BAN STATUS: NONE

BURN BAN STATUS: NONE

Burn Permits

Currently our online system is down. If you would like to apply for a Burn Permit please contact us at 360-779-3997 or come to our headquarters Station 71, located at 911 NE Liberty Rd. *Please note – if you live within the City of Poulsbo or the URBAN GROWTH AREA, you will not be issued a permit. The program will block you, because burning in these areas are not allowed. However, small recreational fires (3’x3′) are allowed, and recreational fires do not require a burn permit. If you need assistance, email: AdminSupportServices@poulsbofire.org

When Do I need an Outdoor Burn Permit?

RULES FOR ALL OUTDOOR FIRES
  • A responsible person capable of extinguishing the fire must attend it at all times.
  • A shovel and a garden hose connected to a water source and/or a bucket filled with at least 5 gallons of water must be on site.
  • The pile must be situated at least 25′ from all combustibles.
  • The person responsible for the fire must check current outdoor burning information before igniting the fire. An outdoor fire may not be ignited and must be extinguished if an air quality or fire danger burn ban is declared that applies to the type of burning being conducted.
  • The fire must be extinguished immediately if: Any emission from the fire is detrimental to the health, safety or welfare of any person: if it causes damage to property or buisiness; or if it causes a nuisance.
  • Permission from the landowner or owner’s designated representative must be obtained before igniting an outdoor fire.
  • Only one pile at a time may be burned and each pile must be extinguished before another is ignited.
  • The permit may be revoked at any time due to high winds or any other condition that constitutes a fire hazard
Rules for Specific Fires
Recreational Outdoor Fires
  • No permit required.
  • Permissible county wide.
  • Burn pile must be less than 3’L x 3’W x 2’H in a designated fire pit that is situated 25′ away from any structures.
  • Burn ONLY dry seasoned firewood or charcoal.
Small Residential Outdoor Fires
  • Permissible only outside “no burn” zones.
  • Permit is required and valid through the last day of the calendar year.
  • Burn pile must not be larger than 4’L x 4’W x 3’H.
  • The burn pile must be 10 times the diameter of the pile from any structure.
  • No fire will be ignited before sunrise, and no material will be added to the fire after sunset.
  • The fire may NOT contain materials hauled from another property.
  • Burn only natural vegetation such as leaves, clippings or prunings.
Large Residential Outdoor Fires
  • Permissible only outside “no burn” zones.
  • Permit is required and valid for 14 days.
  • Burn pile must not be larger than 10′ L x 10’W x7’H.
  • The burn pile must be 10 times the diamater of the pile (to a mazimum of 50 feet) from any structure.
  • No fire will be ignited before sunrise, and no material will be added to the fire after sunset.
  • The fire may NOT contain materials hauled from another property.
  • Burn only natural vegetation such as leaves, clippings or pruning’s,
  • **NO LAND CLEARING BURNS: Burning debris as a result of land clearing is not authorized by Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. Land clearing is defined as “the destruction or removal of trees by manual, mechanical, or chemical methods. This definition shall include grubbing”. This includes burning tree stumps and limbs associated with the removal of trees. Property owners have the option to chip or haul debris to an appropriate receiving facility.

Frequently Asked Questions
What may I burn?

Outdoor burning is strictly limited to yard and garden debris (natural vegetation only) that is generated on the property.

Burning of the following materials is prohibited:

  • Processed wood products including finished lumber
  • Paper products
  • Plywood and particle board
  • Construction or demolition debris
  • Paints
  • Asphalt and petroleum products
  • Plastic products
  • Tires and rubber products
  • Stumps
  • Garbage
  • Dead animals
What are my alternatives to burning my yard waste?

Alternatives to Outdoor Burning
Clean ways to dispose of yard waste:

  • Composting: Free classes are offered by Master Composters each Spring and Fall, call 337-5777.
  • Request curbside pick-up for less than $10 a month in most areas. Contact Waste Management for more information.
  • Take it to county transfer stations and hauler drop-boxes. For locations, check with your county solid waste utility or your garbage service.
  • Take it to private recycling companies for a nominal charge. Check your phone book under “Recycling Services.”
  • Chippers are a great way to reduce larger branches and other woody debris into great mulch for trees and woody plants. If you want to chip branches, you have several choices:
    •  hire a chipping service
    • rent a chipper
    • Purchase a chipper

Yard Waste Drop-Off Sites

A&L Topsoil Inc (Poulsbo), View A&L Topsoil’s website

Indigo Topsoil Inc (Poulsbo), ​View Indigo Topsoil’s accepted materials list

Kitsap Topsoil (Kingston), ​Contact Kitsap Topsoil for the current accepted materials list

Vern’s Organic Topsoil and Bark (Poulsbo), ​View Vern’s accepted materials list

Kitsap County Olympic View Transfer Station (Weekends Only)

  • Yard waste recycling is accepted on Saturdays and Sundays only. Recycling fees apply.

    Monday – Friday, yard waste is accepted as garbage. Disposal fees apply.

    Accepted for recycling: branches, grass, leaves, and garden trimmings. Noxious weeds, blackberry, scotch broom, ivy, stumps, rocks, and dirt are accepted as garbage only.

    Size limit: branches no larger than 2 inches in diameter, no longer than 4 feet in length

Who creates the regulations for burning?

Outdoor burning regulations are administered by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and follow the state Clean Air Act (Chapter 173-425 WAC). The fire district does not set these regulations, but must enforce them. Our responsibility begins with a permitting process for all outdoor burning.