General Regulations for Outdoor Burning

  • A responsible person capable of extinguishing the fire must attend it at all times.
  • A shovel and garden hose connected to a water source and/or a bucket filled with at least 5 gallons of water must be on site.
  • The pile must be situated at least 25′ from any combustibles.
  • The person responsible for the fire must check current outdoor burning information (see phone numbers below) before igniting the fire. An outdoor fire may not be ignited and must be extinguished if an air quality or fire danger burn ban is declared that applies to the type of burning being conducted.
  • The fire must be extinguished immediately if: Any emission from the fire is detrimental to the health, safety or welfare of any person; if it causes damage to property or business; or if it causes a nuisance.
  • Permission from the landowner or owner’s designated representative must be obtained before igniting an outdoor fire.
  • Only one pile at a time may be burned and each pile must be extinguished before another is ignited.
  • This permit may be revoked at any time due to high winds or any other condition that constitutes a fire hazard.
  • This permit must be kept on site at all times when burning is being conducted.


Permanent ban on land-clearing burning in Kitsap County – Effective September 1, 2009, land-clearing burning will no longer be allowed in Kitsap County. This restriction is in addition to the existing ban on outdoor burning in urban growth areas and no-burn zones, and the current fire safety burn ban.

“Land-clearing burning” means the outdoor burning of trees, stumps, shrubbery, or other natural vegetation from land clearing projects (i.e., projects that clear the land surface so it can be developed, used for a different purpose, or left unused). It does not include residential burning for maintaining a person’s property. Residential burning will still be allowed in rural areas subject to local fire restrictions.

“We’ve determined that there are reasonable alternatives to burning in Kitsap County, such as on-site chipping and removal, or off-site wood-waste recycling,” says Jim Nolan, Director of Air Quality programs for the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. “And while there is a cost to developers for these alternatives, there is also a cost to properly manage burning. And most importantly, using alternatives reduces the impact and cost to public health.”

Wood smoke is composed of fine particles and a toxic mix of other carcinogens that are hazardous to human health. Fine particles are associated with serious health effects, as the tiny size of these pollutants allows them to be easily inhaled, bypassing the immune system and proceeding deep into your lungs, where they can cause lung and heart problems, including premature death.

This permanent ban, brought about by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, was adopted by the agency’s Board of Directors on April 23, 2009, following a public workshop, public comment period and public hearing. Prior to this action, land-clearing fires were prohibited only in the urbanized areas of Kitsap County.

The Clean Air Agency Board took similar action in February 2008 by adopting a permanent ban on land-clearing burning in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties which became effective July 1, 2008. For more information about this permanent ban, visit

Beginning January 1, 2018 all outdoor burning permits are issued online! Below you will find everything you need to know about outdoor burning in the unincorporated areas of South Kitsap. If you have any questions please feel free to email us at or call us at 360-871-2411 during business hours.


Apply for a permit here


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Current rules for residential and land clearing burning
All Outdoor Fires
Recreational Outdoor Fires
Small Residential Outdoor Fires
Large Residential Outdoor Fires
Burning Containers
Special Outdoor Fires
Additional Resources
Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
Where to Recycle Yard Debris
Outdoor Burn Map
Burn Ban Hotline
Puget Sound Clean Air Hotline