Outdoor Burning Regulations

Post date: Aug 30, 2011 2:02:02 AM


    1. ONLY dry plant growth natural to the burn site can be burned.

    2. You may not burn inside city limits unless you have been issued a burn permit.

    3. A burn permit must be obtained by submitting a burn permit application to the specific city you reside in.

    4. The burn site must be at least 300 feet from any residential, recreational, commercial or industrial area, except if located on the property where the burn is to take place.

    5. There must be a fire break of 50 feet around the material to be burned.

    6. A competent person of at least 18 years of age must be in attendance of the site during the burn.

    7. An adequate supply of water to control the burn is required at the site.

    8. If complaints are received and the complaint is valid (to be determined by the Fire Marshal, Fire Department or Law Enforcement Officer), burning will have to cease.

    9. Hours of burning are from sunrise to sunset as set forth by the United States Naval Observatory tables available from the National Weather Service.

    10. Hauling of materials, brush or vegetation onto the site from another property will render this permit invalid.

    11. NO Burn Days are determined as follows:

      • Wind is or expected to be below 5 mph or above 21 mph

      • Ozone Action Day has been issued for the DFW area

      • If Rockwall County inacts a "Burn Ban" on all outdoor burning


    • Petroleum products

    • Asphaltic materials

    • Items containing natural or synthetic rubber

    • Lumber

    • Household garbage / refuse (including newspapers and boxes)

Authorization to conduct outdoor burning does not exempt or excuse a person from the responsibility, consequences, damages, or injuries resulting from the authorized burning and does not excuse a person from complying with other applicable laws, ordinances or regulations.

Prior to burning, please call the Rockwall County Fire Marshal’s Office for more information

Rockwall County Fire Marshal’s Office

101 S. Fannin Rockwall TX 75087

Phone (972)204-7270

Burn ban status - http://www.rockwallcountytexas.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=239