Non-Standard Burn Permits

CAL FIRE LE-5 Permits are required as of May 1, 2017, for Non-Standard Permit holders.

It is mandatory to obtain a valid burn permit for all open outdoor burning for the purpose of disposing dried, natural vegetation grown on site. District permits are not required for small recreational or ceremonial campfires. A non-standard burn permit allows individuals, businesses, or government agencies to dispose of approved materials by open burning. When a non-standard permit is issued for larger projects, a smoke management plan may be required.
Some non-standard permits require the responsible party to obtain a burn authorization number from the District prior to ignition. Burning is authorized from 6:00 a.m. until one hour before dusk on permissive burn days. Call 800-BURNDAY or 866-287-6329 or check our website for burn day status.
Permit applications can be retrieved (not issued) through participating local fire protection agencies and CDF fire stations. There are a couple of ways to obtain a valid burn permit. District staff is available Monday- Friday from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 and from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. to issue burn permits at our District office 707 L Street, Eureka, CA 95501 or by downloading the application and mailing your application along with a check or money order to the NCUAQMD.
Burn Permit Application
Non-Standard Burn Permit Application - Fees are dependant on project size as follows:
  • $30.00 for less than 1 acre
  • $60.00 for greater than 1 acre but less than 100 acres
  • $1000.00 for greater than 100 acres.
Depending on the type of burn or burn project, a Smoke Managment Plan may also be required for your project. Please contact District Staff for assistance.
If you have additional questions or require further assistance, staff are available to assist you at (707) 443-3093 or
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