Land-Clearing / Commercial

  1. Stage 2 Burn Ban Effective 8:00am, Wednesday July 7, 2021

    Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s office has ordered a stage 2 burn ban due to increasingly dry weather conditions, the increase of Washington State DNR fire danger to HIGH, and the Emergency Proclamation 21-10 Wildfire – Burn Ban by the Governor Read on...
  2. Stage 1 Burn Ban Effective 5:00pm Friday, June 25, 2021

    Due to warm weather conditions ahead and decreasing fuel moisture levels, the Whatcom County Fire Marshal's Office will be enacting Stage 1 Burn restrictions on open burning in unincorporated Whatcom County starting at 5:00pm on Friday, June 25th, 2021. Read on...
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Regulations


  • Size: Up to 25 feet by 25 feet pile, fill out our Burn Permit Application Form (PDF) 
    • Submit an application or permit--email epermits@co.whatcom.wa.us. with your application materials and our staff will review and get back to you with instructions and questions
    • Bring application directly to: (NOT APPLICABLE DURING COVID-19 STAY HOME STAY HEALTHY ORDER)
      • 5280 NW Drive, Bellingham, WA 98226
  • Information Line: Call 360-778-5900 for inspections and permits
  • Fee: $120 per day (plus $3.60 Technology Fee)
  • 1 pile burning at a time unless permitted otherwise
  • 50 feet from structures, timber, combustibles, and power lines
  • 350 gallon of water, 1.5 inch hose, and pump required at fire
  • Excavator required with operator while burning
  • Fan required to start fire
  • Firebreak between piles must equal size of pile
  • 24 hours a day burning allowed as permitted
  • Must have landowner permission to light all fires