Open Burning

Burn Permit Information

Open burning can only be achieved with an authorized Burn Permit. Burn Permit will be issued on weekdays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Town Hall. All requests for Open Burning Permits should be made 3 to 5 days in advance. There is no charge for this permit, but certain regulations and guidelines for burning must be followed. These regulations and guidelines are outlined at the bottom of this page. Burn permits are good for 14 days from the date of issuance. The application must be completed in full. Failure to provide any of the information may result in a delay and/or rejection of the application.

Fill out the entire application and submit it via email or Fax to (972)226-4613.


Authorization to burn must be granted on a daily basis prior to ignition.  A representative of Sunnyvale Fire Rescue witll contact you.

Regulations & Guidelines

  • Burning Permits are issued for the open burning of trees, brush, shrubs, and limbs, solely for the purpose of land clearance.  ALL TRASH BURNING IS PROHIBITED. (IFC 2018 Section 307.2)
  • Authorization to burn will only be granted when the wind speed as forecasted by the National Weather Service does not exceed 15 mph.
  • Once permission has been granted, no burn permit site shall be left unattended for any period unless the fire has been completely extinguished. (IFC 2018 Section 307.5)
  • The burn permit site and the materials to be burned are subject to inspection at any time by any inspector of Sunnyvale Fire Rescue. (IFC 2018 Section 307.2.1 and 307.3)
  • Fire Code Official is authorized to order the extinguishment by the permit holder, another person responsible or the fire department of open burning that creates or adds to a hazardous or objectionable situation. (IFC 2018 Section 307.3)
  • Each person or resident shall be responsible for providing adequate safety precautions to control the open fire.
  • Gasoline, Diesel, or any other type of accelerant shall not be used to ignite/maintain the burn pile.
  • All burn piles shall be located a minimum of 150’ from all structures and a minimum of 50’ from public roadways and property lines. (NCTCOG/Sunnyvale Fire Amendment to IFC 2018 Section 307.4)
  • All burn piles shall be completely extinguished before sundown each day. 
  • Not less than one portable fire extinguisher with a 4-A rating, or other approved on-site fire-extinguishing equipment, such as dirt, sand, water barrel, garden hose or water truck, shall be available for immediate use during the burn until all fire has been extinguished. (IFC 2018 Section 307.5)
  • Open burning that is offensive or objectionable because of smoke emissions or when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous, shall be prohibited. (IFC 2018 307.1.1)
  • Any person or resident obtaining a burn permit does so at his/her own risk.  In no event shall any liability or damage be imposed upon the organization authorizing the permit if damages and/or injury are sustained as a result of any burning.
  • Failure to comply with any provision of this permit and/or its application may result in the loss of future burning privileges and the issuance of a citation charging the applicant with a direct violation of the Town of Sunnyvale adopted fire code, amendments and ordinances.

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