Land-Clearing / Commercial

  1. Fire Marshal Lifts Burn Ban Restrictions Effective 5:00 pm September 25th

    Due to the increase in fuel moisture levels and recent rain, the Fire Marshal’s Office will lift the burn ban for outdoor burning. The burn ban will be lifted at 5:00 PM on Friday, September 25th, 2020 for the unincorporated areas of Whatcom County. Read on...
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Regulations


  • Size: Up to 25 feet by 25 feet pile, fill out our Burn Permit Application Form (PDF) 
    • Submit an application or permit--email epermits@co.whatcom.wa.us. with your application materials and our staff will review and get back to you with instructions and questions
    • Bring application directly to: (NOT APPLICABLE DURING COVID-19 STAY HOME STAY HEALTHY ORDER)
      • 5280 NW Drive, Bellingham, WA 98226
  • Information Line: Call 360-778-5900 for inspections and permits
  • Fee: $120 per day (plus $3.60 Technology Fee)
  • 1 pile burning at a time unless permitted otherwise
  • 50 feet from structures, timber, combustibles, and power lines
  • 350 gallon of water, 1.5 inch hose, and pump required at fire
  • Excavator required with operator while burning
  • Fan required to start fire
  • Firebreak between piles must equal size of pile
  • 24 hours a day burning allowed as permitted
  • Must have landowner permission to light all fires