Cherokee County Fire
& Emergency Services

Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services

Community Risk Reduction Division

Fire Marshal's Office

1130 Bluffs Parkway

Canton, Georgia, 30114

678-493-6294 office


Outdoor Burning Permits and Requirements


Residential Permits| Commercial Permits| Types of Fires Allowed All Year

Burn Season Begins October, 1st 2019 and Runs through April 30th, 2020

If you have questions regarding outdoor burning, please contact the Fire Marshal’s Office by phone 678-493-6290 or by email at during normal office hours.

If you have a complaint or problem regarding burning in your area, please call 911 when the burning is occurring.


Residential Burn Permits

Homeowners or residents of single-family residential property are authorized to have open fires provided all of the following requirements are met.

  1. All burning operations shall comply with the "Rules for Air Quality Control" chapter 391-3-1 as written and amended by the Environmental Protection Division and these standards.
  2. The fire(s) must be on the property occupied by the person receiving the permit and the natural vegetation must be from that property and may not be hauled in from another property.
  3. Only natural vegetation can be destroyed by burning. "Natural vegetation" includes sticks, tree parts six inches and less in diameter, grass, pine straw, hedge trimmings, etc. Burning of poison oak, poison ivy, and any other vegetation which produces severe respiratory damage is not allowed. Burning of cardboard, treated wood, materials containing petroleum products, i.e., tires, plastics, wire insulation, roofing shingles, etc., is not allowed.
  4. No vegetation pile shall be larger than six feet in diameter by two feet in height.
  5. No more than two burning piles are allowed at any one time.
  6. There shall be a minimum of ten feet between piles.
  7. No burning is allowed within 50 feet of a structure.
  8. No burning is allowed within 25 feet of a wooded area, pine island, or other lightweight class A fuel.
  9. No fire shall be within 25 feet of the adjacent property line.
  10. No burning is allowed on windy days (10 mph or higher) or on days when the atmospheric conditions (cloudy, overcast, or raining) would cause the smoke to remain low to the ground.
  11. All open fires shall be constantly attended by a competent person 16 years of age or older to monitor and control such burning. A rake, shovel, or similar hand tool, and charged water hose that will reach to the most remote point of the burn material is to be operation and on site before the fire starts.
  12. Fires may not be started with petroleum-based products.
  13. Burning of garbage is prohibited. Garbage is any waste material that includes but is not limited to plastic products, Styrofoam, fiberglass, recycling wire (burned to access metal), tires, clothing, furniture, mattresses, boxes, papers, stumps, root balls, and kudzu vines.
  14. Failure to comply with these rules which results in an uncontrolled fire or a valid complaint by nearby property owner(s) or resident that requires the response of the county fire and emergency services will result in the fire being extinguished immediately.
  15. Fires will be authorized between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and to be completely extinguished one hour before sunset (no smoldering or hot coals remaining).
  16. Even if all guidelines for burning are followed, you may be required to extinguish the fire if it adversely interferes with another’s enjoyment of life, use of property, or if someone with a health problem is affected. Fire officials may prohibit burning at times when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make burning hazardous.


Residential burn permits shall be acquired on a daily basis and are subject to weather restrictions. Residential burn permits are issued for hand piled natural vegetation only (see Residential Burn Permit Guidelines ) and cannot include construction debris, tires, plastics, and other man-made material. The issuing of these permits is dependent on the location within the county where you would like to burn.

Please note the following:


Woodstock Residents

To obtain a residential burn permit for a location within the city limits of Woodstock, please contact:


Commercial Burn Pit Permits


Commercial Burn Pit Permits in the Cities of Canton and Woodstock

The cities of Canton and Woodstock do not issue commercial burn permits.



Types of Fires Allowed All Year 

Certain types of fires are allowed all year, even during the burn ban, as listed below.


Recreational Fires


Agriculture Burns

Types of Fires Exempt from Burn Regulations