Can I burn my waste, trees, brush, grass, leaves, branch trimmings and other plant growth that is generated from my property only if there is no burn ban?

Yes, but there are still some additional rules you must follow. These are the general requirements for allowable outdoor burning:

  • The party responsible for the burn must be present and remains liable for damages, injuries, or other consequences that may result from burning, even when it is carried out in compliance with these regulations.
  • Burn only outside the corporate limits of a city or town, unless the incorporated city or town has an ordinance that permits burning.
  • Burn only when the wind direction and weather conditions are such that smoke and other pollutants will not present a hazard to any public road, landing strip, or navigable water body (lake, river, stream, bay) or have an adverse effect on any off-site structure containing "sensitive receptors" (residence, business, farm building, greenhouse).
  • Keep fires downwind, or at least 300 feet away, from any neighboring structure that contains sensitive receptors. This requirement may be waived with the prior written approval of whoever owns or rents the adjacent property and either resides or conducts business there.
  • Post someone to flag traffic if the burning causes smoke to blow onto a road or highway at any time.
  • Begin burning no earlier than one hour after sunrise, end it the same day, and no later than one hour before sunset.
  • Don't burn electrical insulation, treated lumber, plastics, non-wood construction/ demolition materials, heavy oils, asphaltic materials, potentially explosive materials, chemical wastes, and items containing natural or synthetic rubber.

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1. Is outdoor burning allowed in Williamson County?
2. I have burned trash in my burn barrel for many years. Is it illegal?
3. Can I burn trees, brush, grass, leaves, branch trimmings and other plant growth?
4. I just cleared some private land and have some brush piles to get rid of. Can I burn them?
5. Is it legal to use a fire pit?
6. I am clearing land for a commercial development and need to burn. What do I do?
7. I tore down an old building or shed or replaced my wooden fence. Can I burn these items?
8. I am a farmer and I need to burn my cropland as part of my land management. Can I burn it?
9. Can I burn my waste, trees, brush, grass, leaves, branch trimmings and other plant growth that is generated from my property only if there is no burn ban?
10. I live in an area with trash pickup and I have a neighbor who continues to burn when they are not allowed. What can I do?
11. My outdoor burning situation is not listed and is not in the guide booklet. Who can I ask for assistance with the regulations?
12. How can I call in a control burn?