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Open Burn Permit
Karen Lewis

350 Montevue Lane
Frederick, MD21702

Ph: (301) 600-1717

Monday - Friday
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Application Process
The property owner needs to come into the Frederick County Health Department to apply:
350 Montevue Ln.
Frederick, MD 21702

The fee for the permit can be found on the Fee Schedule. No credit or debit cards accepted. Make checks payable to the Frederick County Health Department.

If you are applying for a permit and you are not the property owner, you will need to submit their written permission. Please include the property owner's name and the following information:
  • Home address
  • Material to be burned and exact address where it is to be burned
  • Phone number

We will assign a permit number and the duration of burning.

Rules & Recommendations
  • During the months of June, July and August, no burning is permitted due to contributing to bad air quality. NO PERMITS WILL BE ISSUED DURING THIS TIME PERIOD.
  • Fire should not smolder over a long period of time. Use a blower on large piles when necessary.
  • Fires must be attended at all times with sufficient control equipment, especially when a fire hazard exists.
  • If a nuisance to a neighbor or a fire hazard is created, a public officer may have the fire extinguished and the permit may be voided.
  • If you are planning to burn in woodland or within 200 feet of woodland, burning must be done between the hours of 4 p.m. and 12 midnight, EST. For more information, call the Maryland Forest Service at (301) 473-8417.
  • No burning is permitted within 200 feet of habitable dwellings or businesses. The Maryland State Assessment data and Frederick County Survey Control Network will be used to verify all distances.
  • Only brush, limbs and wood products 6 inches in diameter or less may be burned. Do not burn logs, stumps, cardboard, paper, pallets, pressure treated boards or household trash.
  • Permits will expire December 31 and the property owner will need to apply for a new one each calendar year.
  • Steps should be taken to burn material as safely and quickly as possible to minimize smoke production.
  • The material to be burned must have originated on the premise.
  • Use paper, kindling, or kerosene to start fires. Do not use tires or heavy oil. It is a violation of State laws to burn tires, heavy oil, roofing, or any material that creates black smoke.
  • You must call Frederick Communications Center (formerly Central Alarm) at (301) 600-1603 before and after burning.

For questions regarding burn permits please call the Frederick County Health Department Community Services Office at 301-600-1717.