Due to increasingly dry weather conditions, and anticipated increase of Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) fire danger to HIGH, the Deputy Fire Marshal, Curtis Metz, has ordered restrictions on all open burning. Read on...
The draft amendments to Whatcom County’s Shoreline Management Program are being issued for public review prior to review by the Planning Commission, County Council, and Department of Ecology. Read on...
Due to the warm weather conditions ahead and decreasing fuel moisture levels, the Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office will be enacting restrictions on open burning in unincorporated Whatcom County starting at 8:00 am on Monday, July 27, 2020. Read on...
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, on Lummi Island or at Sandy Point? 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.
Whatcom County Fire District 17 provides permits for Sandy Point, you can contact them by calling 360-384-1480.