Burn Permit

According to city ordinance, an application for open burning shall be submitted in writing no less than five days, nor more than 14 days, before the fire is set.

Burn Conditions

The ultimate decision to allow a burn will lie with the fire chief or his designee. No burning may take place when conditions are unfavorable, such as: high winds, and no wind, Cherokee County falls within a burn ban issued at the state level or any time there is a perceived danger that the burning may create a fire hazard.

Burning must be conducted downwind of or at least 150 feet from any inhabitable structure and must not be less than 50 feet from any power line or other exposure that may be affected by the burn, i.e., property boundaries, street signs, telephone boxes, etc.


  • $50 for a residence
  • $100 for commercial 


Burn applications can be obtained online or from City Hall, located at 111 S. Cherokee Ave., Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

View the printable burn permit form (PDF).