l Outdoor Burning Procedures - City of Beaufort, South Carolina

Outdoor Burning Procedures

Burning Rules & Conditions Within the City

  1. The burning shall be restricted to the hours of 9am to 6pm and only during the first full week of March, April, November, and December.
  2. The permit when granted is for burning yard debris, leaves, tree branches and yard trimmings originating on the premises. The burn pile shall be no larger then 3ft  in diameter and 2ft in height. The burning of multiple piles is prohibited.
  3. The yard debris shall be CONSTANTLY ATTENDED by a competent person until such fire is extinguished. Such person in attendance shall have an adequate hose connected to a sufficient water supply, or other fire extinguisher equipment readily available for use.
  4.  No person shall kindle or maintain any fire or authorize any such fire to be kindled or maintained on any land or property within the City of Beaufort, unless the location is not less than fifty (50) feet from any structure and adequate provision is made to prevent the fire from spreading within fifty (50) feet of any structure, or the fire is contained in an approved waste burner located safely, not less than fifteen (15) feet from any structure.
  5. The Fire Chief, Fire Marshal or Fire Inspector may prohibit any or all of the burning in the City of Beaufort when the atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous.
  6. No person shall kindle a fire upon the land or property of another without the written permission of the owner thereof or his agent.
  7. The permit when granted does not exempt, relieve or excuse the person responsible for the burning from the consequences of and/or damages or injuries and civil liability resulting from the burning.
  8. In the event of a complaint in writing on the form(s) available at the Fire Department, the Fire Chief, Fire Marshal or Fire Inspector shall revoke or suspend the permit previously issued, provided such complaint appears reasonable under the circumstances and such bonfire or rubbish shall be extinguished forthwith.
  9. Any appeal from the action covered in rule 8, shall be in writing to the City Council setting forth the full grounds of such appeal, within ten (10) days.
  10. No flammable or combustible liquids shall be used to ignite or maintain the fire.
  11. Each and every day that you wish to burn, you must call the City of Beaufort Fire Department burn permit request line to insure burning is allowed for that day.
  12. Violation of any of the above Rules or burning unsafely, can and will result in the revocation or suspension of the permit.