The Environmental Protection Agency enacted "Burn Ban" for Douglas County begins May 1st and continues until September 30th each year.
From October 1st to April 31st, residents wishing to burn vegetative debris may obtain a free burn permit by filling out our online Burning Permit Form. Burn permits will only be issued the day burning is to begin, and if the winds are under 10 miles per hour.
Residents can dial 770-949-1212 after 8 am to determine if burning permits are being given each day. In addition to obtaining a burning permit, residents must follow all burning guidelines (PDF).
"Recreational burning" means the burning of materials other than rubbish where fuel being burned is not contained in an incinerator, outdoor fireplace, barbecue grill or barbecue pit and with a total fuel area of 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet (610 millimeters ) or less in height for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking or similar purposes. For recreation purposes or cooking food for immediate human consumption.
Recreational Burns meeting criteria do not require a burning permit and are permitted throughout the year.
Recreational burning shall not exceed an area of 3 feet in diameter without the prior approval of the fire department. Recreational burning approved by the fire department in excess of 3 feet in diameter shall require a burning permit issued by the fire department.