Open Burning - leaves, vegetation

Questions About Open Burning Relating to Leaves, Branches and Yard Trimmings

I have public pickup service in my area but it is difficult for me to transport my yard waste to the curb for collection. Am I allowed to burn it?

I do not have public pickup service in my area, but private companies offer this service for a fee. Am I allowed to burn my yard waste?

May I burn my garbage or other household trash?

I live in a managed neighborhood that offers leaf collection. Can the management collect leaves then burn the collected leaves in a central location?

I live in a managed neighborhood that operates a golf course. Can the management burn leaves and yard trimmings originating from the clubhouse or golf course?

My neighbor thinks my yard waste burning stinks. Is this considered a nuisance and can I be prohibited from open burning solely because he/she objects to the odor?

My neighbor thinks I am burning yard waste too close to his/her property and my fire may get out of control and damage his/her property. Is it considered a nuisance and can I be prohibited from open burning solely because of this?

May I burn grass clippings as yard waste?


I have public pickup service in my area but it is difficult for me to transport my yard waste to the curb for collection. Am I allowed to burn it? [Back to Top]
No. If public pickup service is provided, yard waste may not be burned.

I do not have public pickup service in my area, but private companies offer this service for a fee. Am I allowed to burn my yard waste?  [Back to Top]
Yes. Fee based services offered by private companies are not considered public pick-up.

May I burn my garbage or other household trash?  [Back to Top]
No. It is always illegal to burn garbage and household trash.

I live in a managed neighborhood that offers leaf collection. Can the management collect leaves then burn the collected leaves in a central location?  [Back to Top]
No. Leaves must be burned on the premises where they originate.

I live in a managed neighborhood that operates a golf course. Can the management burn leaves and yard trimmings originating from the clubhouse or golf course?  [Back to Top]
No. Only leaves, tree branches and yard trimmings originating on private residences may be burned.

My neighbor thinks my yard waste burning stinks. Is this considered a nuisance and can I be prohibited from open burning solely because he/she objects to the odor?  [Back to Top]
No. Smoke from allowable open burning is not considered a nuisance under the Open Burning Rule as amended by the Regulatory Reform Act of 2014.

My neighbor thinks I am burning yard waste too close to his/her property and my fire may get out of control and damage his/her property. Is it considered a nuisance and can I be prohibited from open burning solely because of this?  [Back to Top]
No, proximity, in itself is not an issue regarding burning of yard waste.

May I burn grass clippings as yard waste?  [Back to Top]
Yes.