Wood burning is regulated when pollution levels rise because the process of burning wood can produce fine particulate matter that can be harmful to your lungs. It can also produce carbon monoxide and other toxins that can harm your health. To reduce particulate matter air pollution, open outdoor fires and indoor fireplaces at commercial and institutional establishments are regulated by Rule 314. All types of open outdoor fires are prohibited in Maricopa County, except for those specifically allowed by Rule 314. Many burning activities require a permit. Even most of those that do not require a permit are restricted during some time periods. 

How to Obtain a Burn Permit

Complete a Burn Permit Application for each burn site location and submit it (with the appropriate application fee) to: 

Maricopa County Air Quality Department
Attention: Burn Permits
3800 N. Central Ave., Suite 1400, Phoenix, AZ 85012 

An inspector will visit the site(s) before the permit can be issued. If you have questions about the permit application process, call 602-506-6010 or email AQPermits@maricopa.gov.

Before the Burn

Almost all burning activities require the following three steps (after a burn permit, if needed, has been issued): 
  1. Call 602-506-6400 or visit our Burn Restrictions Advisory Page to determine if a High Pollution Advisory (HPA) or director-determined no-burn day has been declared. If an HPA or director-determined no-burn day has been declared, you may not burn on that day.
  2. Call your local fire department or dispatcher center and notify them of your intent to burn. If they do not give permission to burn, you may not burn on that day.
  3. Notify the Air Quality Department by phone 602-506-6010, fax 602-506-0586, or email at AQpermits@maricopa.gov with your burn information.


Fines range from $50 up to $250 depending on the number of wood burning violations an individual receives per year.


Report a Violation

The air quality hotline is 602-372-2703 and it is available from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, with voicemail available outside of business hours. You can also complete the online Air Quality Violations Report Form. 

Page reviewed 04 June 2019