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Ohio EPA Processing Open Burning Permissions Again
Ohio EPA has lifted its temporary suspension of permission for open burning. Local air agencies and district offices may resume most open burning permissions since drought conditions are not as severe as they were when the suspension was put in place.
There are two situations where permission may not be granted or additional precautions may be required:
- if a local burning ban remains in effect, the burn may not take place until the local ban is lifted; or
- if the request is unusual or includes a significant acreage, the applicant may be asked to have their local fire department present at the site during the burn.
Open burning permission for a limited burn effort can be issued when someone has material to burn that falls within Ohio rules, but is in a jurisdiction where burning is not typically allowed. There are certain materials that are never suitable for open burning. To learn more about open burning rules, visit Ohio EPA’s open burning webpage.
Ohioans have an obligation to notify or get permission from Ohio EPA before burning materials outside depending on materials burned, location, and activity associated with burning. Ohio EPA has developed a notification form to assure compliance with state legal notification requirements and a form for permission to open burn when permission is required by law.