Burning in Whatcom County is regulated by the International Fire Code and Washington Administrative Codes relative to air pollution requirements.
Please contact the Whatcom County Burn Information Line at 360-778-5903 for a verbal burn permit, more information, or to speak to a fire inspector.
Outdoor Burning Complaints, please click here for more information.
Permanent Burn Ban Areas
There is a permanent burn ban in effect within certain city limits and urban growth areas (UGAs). The areas with permanent burn bans are:
Please click the links above to view a map of each city or Urban Growth Area that has a permanent burn ban. If the property where the fire is to be located is within on of these areas, you can ONLY have a recreational fire. If you are outside of these areas, please go to the burn permit rules page for more information on how to obtain a permit to burn yard debris or land-clearing debris