Backyard Burn Permits

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Residential “Backyard” Burn Permit


New: November 28,2019:  The residential “backyard” burn season is anticipated to begin on December 1, 2019.  In order to conduct residential burning, you must obtain a permit from Big Sur Fire.  Starting with the 2019 – 2020 “backyard” burn season, Big Sur Fire has adopted an on-line permit process that varies somewhat from previous years.  For instructions on obtaining a permit, please see the “Residential Burn Permit Procedures” below.


Beginning with the “Backyard Burn” season on December 1, 2012, as regulated by the Monterey Bay Air Resources District, Big Sur Fire began requiring a permit for burning yard trimmings on residential property within the response area of Big Sur Fire.  Burning on residential property requires a permit from either the local fire department or the Monterey Bay Air Resources District.  In order to properly manage and monitor residential burning within the Big Sur community at the local level,  burn permits are now required from Big Sur Fire.

Permits for burning on residential property within the response area of  Big Sur Fire are valid for the entire burn season which usually begins on December 1st of each year and ends on April 30th of the following year. The actual dates and length of the burn period may vary depending on environment conditions. Each new burn season requires a new burn permit, unless extended for an additional year.  There is no fee for the burn permit.

The Residential Burn Permit is for burning yard trimmings only on residential property in accordance with the terms and conditions as outlined in the burn permit.  Any violations of the terms and conditions of the permit may be cause for the permit being revoked. A burn permit for recreational fires or barbecues is not required.

Information on “backyard burning” can be found at the MBARD website at: or by clicking here: MBARD Backyard Burning Program.” Specific information from the MBARD website relating to backyard burning can be found below:




1.  The Residential Burn Permit is available below as a Google Form.

2.  Open the form on your computer and be sure to fill in all required fields. 

3.  Read the Terms and Conditions of the permit thoroughly before accepting them and submitting the form. Be sure to follow the procedures listed within those Terms and Conditions.

4.  Once the form is submitted you will receive a confirmation email with your responses. That email is your burn permit. Please keep for your records.

5.  Alternatively, a PDF form (link below) can be printed from your computer and mailed to: Big Sur Fire   P.O. Box 520   Big Sur, CA  93920

6.  If mailing in: When the permit is received by Big Sur Fire, an approved permit will be returned to the applicant.  Please be sure to indicate on the permit if you want the approved permit returned by email or through the postal service.

7.  Burning is not to occur until you have received an acknowledgment email or an approved permit is received by the applicant via mail.


Questions concerning the Residential Burn Permit process can be sent to or by calling: 831-667-2113