Fire safety and building codes
King County does not issue outdoor burn permits. Direct your inquiry to your local fire district.
For the status of air quality burn bans, check the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, Air Quality Burn Ban Status.
Burn ban in effect
See news release (6/23/2021)
Recreational fire rules
- Must be built in a metal or concrete fire pit
- Not grow larger than 3-feet in diameter
- Be set in a clear spot free from vegetation for at least 10-feet in width
- Be at least 25-feet from any structure
- Allow 20-foot high clearance from overhanging branches
- Be watched at all times by an alert person with equipment capable of putting the fire out
Burning yard waste
King County does not issue burn permits. Contact your local fire district. Restrictions such as burn bans may prevent a fire district from issuing a burn permit. Burn permits cannot be issued in areas designated as urban zones.
King County's Solid Waste Division provides alternatives to burning wood and yard waste. Contact them at 206‑477‑4466.
Department of Local Services, Permitting Division
35030 SE Douglas Street, Suite 210
Snoqualmie, WA 98065-9266
In-person customer service is by appointment only. To reach customer service, call 206-296-6600 during the following hours: 9-11 a.m. and 12:30-2:30 p.m., Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri.