Outdoor Burning

About Open Burning

Residential open burning may be permitted in the City of Marietta October 1st through April 30th.  You must request a permit for every day you intend to burn. The Marietta Fire Marshal's Office may deny permission if conditions are too windy or too dry.
  • Consider wind/weather conditions - permits will not be allowed on days winds are expected over 10 MPH.
  • A burning permit is only granted for the reduction of leaves, pine straw, and twigs.
  • Burning is permitted between the hours of 10 a.m. and one hour before sunset - permits may be applied for between 9 AM and 5:30 PM.
  • Burning must be at least fifty-feet from any structure.
  • A garden hose connected to water supply must be available
  • The fire must be attended by an adult that is unimpaired by drugs or alcohol.
If a smoke nuisance occurs because of the fire, the Marietta Fire Department may request the fire be extinguished.

Commercial land clearing must be submitted in a land disturbance permit application.  A SagesGov account is required to access the application.

The following are not required to obtain a burn permit; however, safety precautions should still be undertaken:
  • Small cooking fire on your property
  • Small recreational fire on your property
  • Outdoor chimneys or fireplaces not in contact with the ground
Burning household trash is never allowed in Georgia, and violators may be issued a summons to appear in court.

Additional Information

For more information about open burning, call the Environmental Protection Division's air protection branch at 404-363-7000 or visit the Georgia Department of Natural Resources EPD website.

Request Burn Permit