Outdoor Burn Rules

Know the law before you strike a match in Florida!

Outdoor Burning Facts

  • Escaped debris burning is one of the leading causes of wildfires in Florida.
  • The Florida Forest Service administers Florida’s outdoor burning and forest fire laws.
  • Some types of burning require authorization from the Florida Forest Service while others do not.
  • Burning yard waste does not require authorization but you must follow the rules for your area.

Burning Authorization Required

Agricultural, silvicultural, land clearing, pile, and acreage burning all require a burning authorization from the Florida Forest Service.

Burning Authorization Not Required

Authorization is not required to burn yard waste as long as you meet the required setbacks and there are no local, city or county ordinances in place that prohibits burning.

Additional Information

Residents of Monroe County should call the Everglades Forestry District at 954-475-4120 with any questions or concerns. For additional information, visit the Florida Forestry Service website.

View the Florida Forestry Division’s brochure about Outdoor Burn Rules (PDF).