Backyard Burning Regulations
Backyard Burn Suspension lifted December 15, 2020
LEARN BEFORE YOU BURN!
Burn Day Hotline 1-800-CAL-BURN (225-2876)
- Permits for daily authorization are no longer required by the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District except for those done in San Lorenzo Valley.
- Backyard burning on parcels less that 1/2 acre are PROHIBITED except in areas where yard waste pick-up is not available.
- Backyard burning within 100 feet of any structure on an adjacent property is PROHIBITED. A waiver from this requirement can be granted at the discretion of the Air District.
Click here for information on obtaining a Backyard Burn Permit from
Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District
The following are requirements for a Backyard Burn within the Scotts Valley Fire District:
- A Single- or two family residence located on the property.
- Property size is 1/2 acre or larger.
- Burn pile is located more than 100 feet away from any residential or commercial structure on neighboring properties.
- Burn pile contains ONLY vegetation that was grown on the property.
- Vegetation in the burn pile is dry.
- The material to be burned must be dry and reasonably free of visible surface moisture. Dried material is vegetation that has gone through a process of drying-out by allowing it to rest for a period of time after being cut, such that the moisture content is sufficiently low to ensure efficient combustion and minimize the amount of smoke emitted.
- Branches and pruning’s 2 inches or less in diameter must dry for at least 30 days.
- Branches and pruning’s more than 2 inches in diameter up to 6 inches in diameter must dry for at least 60 days.
- Branches and pruning’s over 6 inches in diameter must dry for at least 180 days.
- Burn pile DOES NOT include tree stumps, piled grass clippings, piled leaves, or piled conifer needles.
- Backyard burning hours are from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. NO additional fuels may be added after 3:00 PM on any day, and ALL burns must be completely extinguished by 4:00 PM
- Burn piles shall be no larger than 4-feet in diameter and 4-feet high.
- All flammable material and vegetation must be cleared within 10-feet of the outer edge of the burn pile.
- A water source and appropriate fire fighting tools (shovel, rake, hoe) must be at the burn site.
If you do not meet ALL of the above requirements, you may not conduct a backyard burn.
However, you may apply for a waiver by calling the Air District at (831) 647-9411