Burn Permit Requirements

A house on fire in a residential area.

Residential Burn Permit Requirements


  1. All yard and other residential burning shall be done from dawn to sunset
  2. Only natural vegetation shall be burned. The fire shall not contain any lumber, rubber products, petroleum products, plastics, garbage, dead animals, or any other waste materials that emits smoke of offensive odors.
  3. Persons and equipment capable of extinguishing the fire shall be on the burn site and in attendance at all times.
  4. There shall be no burning within 50 feet of any fence or other structure.
  5. There shall be no burning when wind conditions are high in excess of 10 miles per hour in accordance with the National Weather Service.
  6. The burn pile shall not be larger than 4 feet diameter and 3 feet in height.
  7. Only one burn pile shall be burning at the location at one time.
  8. The burn permit shall be at the location of the fire.
  9. Any permit issued may be revoked for the protection of life or property or prevent or abate the nuisances caused by such burning. (A nuisance would be defined as ash fallout or smoke accumulation in the area surrounding the permitted area).
  10. If any person starts a fire without a permit or if a permit holder fails to comply with any terms or conditions of this permit, and as a result of that failure Hardeeville Fire and Rescue is required to suppress a fire, the person or permit holder is liable for the cost of the fire suppression services.
Firefighters standing in front of a strip-mall fire.

Commercial Burn Permit Requirements


  1. Pile(s) shall be no larger than 25 feet in diameter. A firebreak of dirt shall be constructed around the burn pile before lighting the fire.
  2. An adult and equipment capable of extinguishing or controlling the fire must be in attendance at all times while burning.
  3. Piles shall be a minimum of 250 feet from any structure(s).
  4. The fire shall only contain natural vegetation, which has grown on the property identified on the permit. It is illegal to haul in materials from other sites.
  5. This permit may be suspended or canceled by the Hardeeville Fire and Rescue, when deemed necessary for the protection of life, property, or air quality.
  6. Particulate matter from the outdoor fire must not be allowed to become deposited upon the property of others.
  7. Any permit issued may be revoked for the protection of life or property or prevent or abate the nuisances caused by such burning. A nuisance would be defined as ash fallout or smoke accumulation in the area surrounding the permitted area.
  8. If any person starts a fire without a permit or if a permit holder fails to comply with any terms or conditions of this permit, and as a result of that failure Hardeeville Fire and Rescue is required suppress a fire, the person or permit holder is liable for the cost of the fire suppression services.