Due to recent rainfall and vegetation moisture levels, backyard burning permits will be
authorized effective January 3, 2022. The burn season, which typically runs through the end of April, affects the
burning of residential yard trimmings in backyards and agricultural wastes. Open burn season will close when
local fire agencies see an increasing risk of wildfires from drying brush and grass.
All burning requires a permit from the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District (APCD)
SLO County APCD is highly encouraging those that have held burn permits within the last 2 years to
renew this season online. If you do not have access to a computer or their website, please call their office
The San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) website has the most current information,
please visit https://www.slocleanair.org/rules-regulations/burning.php
To qualify for a Backyard Burn Permit you must occupy a single family or duplex residence OUTSIDE of cities and
Agricultural burning may only be conducted by agricultural operations that derive income from the growing of
crops or the raising of animals or, vegetation, forest, or range management.
Open burning has risks associated with the benefits. Please understand the rules and regulations before applying
for a permit. The smoke and air pollution that is created can be harmful to public health. Residents must exercise
extreme caution when conducting burning operations. Burning during windy or unsafe conditions frequently
results in escaped fires. Misdemeanor citations and/or bills for suppression costs can be issued in such
circumstances. Residents are urged to seek alternatives to burning, such as green-waste disposal, chipping, and
For more information about open burning and to apply for a burn permit in San Luis Obispo County, please visit
the web site at http://www.slocleanair.org/programs/burning.php or contact the Air District’s Compliance Division at
(805) 781-5912. For Burn Day status call 1-800-834-2876 or you can view it daily on the top of their website
homepage at SLOCleanAir.org.