Disposal of Nonindustrial Wood Waste

This page last reviewed April 8, 2011


Section 41804.5 of the Health and Safety code provides a means for cities and counties to use open outdoor fires to dispose of nonindustrial wood waste at designated disposal sites on permissive burn days. Section 41803 provides that no authorization under 41804.5 will be granted after the Air Resources Board determines that an alternative method of disposal has been developed which is technologically and economically feasible. This determination has not yet been made.

Designated disposal sites must be located above 1,500 feet elevation mean sea level or at any elevation within the North Coast Air Basin and the ambient air quality standards must be maintained. If your district board elects to authorize such burning, permits must be obtained from your district and the local fire protection agency having jurisdiction.

Current Approved Nonindustrial Wood Waste Burning Sites.
These lists are updated to reflect all current approvals. Disposal of Nonindustrial Wood Waste - Submittal Information.
For more information, please contact Kathryn Gugeler at (916) 327-1521.



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