Residential

  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


  • Fee: $60 (plus $1.80 Technology fee) per 7 day period
  • Up to 4 x 4-foot pile with verbal permit, call 360-778-5903.
  • Up to 10 x 10-foot pile with written permit, 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
  • 50 feet from structures, timber, and combustibles
  • Garden hose or (2) 5-gallon buckets at fire for 4-by-4-foot pile
  • Garden hose or 55-gallon with pump / hose at fire for 10-by-10-foot pile
  • Hand tools required onsite
  • Bare ground fire break required and 15 feet clear overhead
  • Daylight hours burning only
  • Must have landowner permission to light all fires