Burn Permit Process
Burn permits are issued from Lakeside Fire Protection District and CAL FIRE. You can apply for a burn permit online by clicking the button below and you will be contacted once your application is reviewed. Please allow up to three business days for the review process and to be issued a burn permit. For more information about the burn permit process, please contact our Fire Prevention Officer at (619) 390-2350 ext. 009.
To apply for a burn permit, please fill out our burn permit application.
Once a burn permit is obtained, you can contact the San Diego Air Pollution Control District at (858) 586-2800 (select option 3) to see if permissive burns are allowed that day.
- The area for burning must have thirty (30) feet of clearance to bare mineral soil from any combustibles.
- An adult, with hand tools (shovel, rake, etc…) and a hose connected to a reliable water supply capable of completely encircling the burn area must be present at all times.
- You must have a working telephone number so we can contact you if the burning regulations change during the time of your permit.
- Burn piles must be completely extinguished at the end of the burn period each day. A burn pile is considered completely extinguished when the pile is cold to the touch.
- Outdoor residential waste burning is not allowed. For more information, please visit the Outdoor Residential Waste Burning page from the California Air Resources Board.
Winter Preparedness Period Regulations
- The burn pile size cannot be greater than 10′ x 10′ x 4′ high.
- Burn permits are valid for 30 days. There are no renewals.
- Burning hours are from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Declared Fire Season Regulations
- The burn pile size cannot be greater than 4′ x 4′ x 2′ high.
- Burn permits are valid for 15 days. There are no renewals.
- Burning hours are from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.