Open fires for recreation or cooking are allowed on private property when open burning is permitted in Martin County. Open burning status is determined by the Fire Danger Index published daily by the Florida Fire Service.
What is an Open burn?
PERMIT NOT REQUIRED:
Recreational Fires. Recreational fires, such as campfires, bonfires and backyard fires in fire pits, are allowed under county code without a county permit. Recreational fires must be no larger than 3 feet in diameter, are limited to 1 cubic yard or less of burnable material, and must be located no less than 25 feet from any structure or combustible material, unless contained in an approved manner such as in a chiminea or outdoor fireplace.
Cooking Fires. Cooking fires are allowed under county code without a county permit for the purpose of cooking food on residential property for groups, gatherings and other events. Examples of cooking fires include: cooking hot dogs, hamburgers, whole pigs, deer or similar animals.
Residential Yard Waste. A county burn authorization is required for a residential yard waste burn of less than 8 feet in diameter, and can be obtained online via the button below. Yard waste is defined as leaves, shrub trimmings, grass clippings, palm fronds and brush. (Note: Any residential yard waste burn larger than 8 feet in diameter will require a burn authorization from the Florida Fire Service.)