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Burn Permits

Which District am I in?

The application instructions listed on this page are for residents of the Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District (NSCAPCD) only.

If you aren't sure which district you belong to, please enter your address into our interactive map.

Boundary Description

The NSCAPCD boundary covers the northern and coastal regions of Sonoma County, with the southern portion of Sonoma County belonging to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) jurisdiction.

Residents who reside within BAAQMD jurisdiction, please visit the BAAQMD Website for information about burn permits.

Apply for a Burn Permit

First Time Applicants

Please download an application and mail it in along with a check or money order payment in the amount specified on the application for your burn type. If you have questions, please call or visit the District office for assistance.

Return Customers

Permit Renewal Notices with instructions on how to renew will be sent to you in the fall or spring if you held a permit during the last year.

If you did not receive a Renewal Notice, you can renew your permit anytime by mailing a check or money order to the Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District office. In the memo section of your check, or on a separate paper, reference the "Application Number" found on your old permit. You can also visit the office in person to renew your permit.


In person: We accept cash (exact change only), credit card, or check.

By mail: We accept checks or money orders, payable to:

150 Matheson Street 
Healdsburg, CA 95448

We do not accept phone or online payments at this time.

Cal Fire Jurisdiction

Burn Permit Update as of June 27, 2016

The Cal Fire Burn Suspension is now in effect.  No residential burning is allowed at this time. Limited agricultural burning is allowed on permissive burn days, particularly in Local Responsibility Areas.  Open Burning in State Responsibility Areas between May 1 and the lifting of the Burn Suspension requires an additional LE5 permit that is issued by Cal Fire.  Please see the Cal Fire jurisdiction map below to find out if your burn address is within the State Responsibility Area. There is no monetary charge for this permit, however an inspection of the burn pile by Cal Fire personnel is required.  This permit must be obtained BEFORE lighting your burn pile.  Please contact your local Cal Fire station for further information.

Am I Within the Cal Fire Jurisdiction?

The Cal Fire jurisdiction covers most of Sonoma County outside of the cities and Highway 101 corridor. To see if you are within the Cal Fire jurisdiction, please refer to the map shown below (regions shaded yellow are within the Cal Fire Jurisdiction).

See larger map of Cal Fire Jurisdiction (CalFire Website)

CalFire Stations

  • Cazadero: (707) 632-5278Cloverdale: (707) 894-2306
  • Cloverdale: (707) 894-2306
  • Healdsburg: (707) 433-2020
  • Hilton (River Road, Guerneville): (707) 887-1770
  • The Sea Ranch: (707) 785-2335
  • West College (Santa Rosa; covering parts of the river valley in west county): (707) 576-2285
  • Occidental: (707) 874-3668

Burning Rules

  • You must have a valid, current burn permit, and you must have the permit on site.
  • You must call the burn line and verify that you are allowed to burn that day.
  • Follow burn registration and inspection instructions on the burn line and in your permit.
  • Materials to be burned must be approved combustibles (NO treated wood, paper, plastic, garbage, or other material other than vegetative waste), and must be free of soil and surface moisture. Fresh cut materials must be dried out before burning. 
  • Materials must be arranged to promote rapid combustion (NO barrel burns).
  • You must be fire safe; no burning when it is windy. An adult must be in attendance at the fire with a reliable water source nearby.
  • Burning outside of the hours listed in your permit is prohibited. Fires must be burned out with only hot coals (no smoke) by the end of the listed burn hours.

Contact Information

Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District
Business Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Contact us by Phone
150 Matheson Street
Healdsburg, CA 95448
38.610885, -122.868283

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