Effective 8:00am, September 20, 2017, the burn ban will be reduced to a Stage 1 Burn Ban for unincorporated Whatcom County.
Determining Legal Burning Areas
If you would like to burn, follow these steps to start the permit process:
Check the Whatcom County Burn Map (PDF) to determine if your property is located in an area that allows open burning. Due to air pollution regulations open burning is prohibited in all cities and all urban growth areas (except recreational fires.)
Determine if you can burn the material you want to burn. Air pollution regulations prohibit burning any of the following: garbage, dead animals, asphalt, petroleum products, paints, rubber products, plastics, paper (other than enough to start a fire), cardboard, treated wood, construction or demolition debris (including untreated milled lumber), metal, or any substance other than natural vegetation.
Written Burn permits application received at Planning and Development Service are reviewed by Natural Resource staff prior to issuance.
Do you live in Point Roberts or on Lummi Island? In these areas burn permits may be obtained by contacting your local fire district.
Whatcom County Fire District 5 provides permits for Point Roberts, you can contact them by calling 360-945-3473.
Whatcom County Fire District 11 provides permits for Lummi Island, you can contact them by calling 360-758-2411.