Open Burning Permit

Update July 2021 – The Health Department is open to the public. Open burning applications may be dropped off in the black drop box at Entrance A (flag entrance), dropped off in our office or mailed in.  If you include your check with the application the permit will be mailed back to you.   If you email in your application you will be notified when it ready for pick up and at that time the fee can be paid. 

*If you are a first-time applicant or have not had a burn permit at your property since 2018, please call 301-600-1717 or email to verify property eligibility before submitting payment.


Fee collections and permit application processing within Environmental Health Services will end at 4:30 p.m.  This includes, but is not limited to burning permits, temporary food permits, pool operator permits, well and septic permits, etc.  Permits can be applied and paid for between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.  

Application Process

Environmental Health Services has updated the procedure for obtaining an open burning permit.  In the past, only walk- ins were accepted. Currently we will taking mail-in and online applications in addition to the walk-in process.

The fee for the permit is $15 Fee Schedule. The office accepts cash, checks (made payable to Frederick County Health Department) and Visa/Mastercard.  Visa/Mastercard is accepted in person from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ONLY.  Credit Card payments cannot be made over the phone, through the mail or online. Debit cards are NOT accepted at this time.

All applications are reviewed to ensure that appropriate distances are met, allowable materials are being burned, and property owner’s consent has been given when needed.  Some properties will require a site visit to verify application information and/or measure distances.  If a site visit is needed, the property owner will be notified via phone or email to arrange a time.

Mail-In Burning Permit Applications

The mail-in application allows those who have held a recent burning permit to submit their information through the mail.  The application must be filled out completely, accompanied by a check in the amount of $15 and mailed to:

Frederick County Health Department
Environmental Health Services
Community Services/Burning Permits
350 Montevue Lane
Frederick, MD 21702

If an application is incomplete or does not meet the required criteria, the applicant will be notified via phone or email within two (2) business days that a permit cannot be issued.

Note:  If the applicant is not the property owner, a Property Owner Permission Letter must be mailed in with the application.

If the application is approved, the permit will be mailed or available for pickup at Environmental Health Services, depending on the applicant’s choice.

If the $15 fee and/or property owner permission letter (when needed) are not included, the permit will be held at Environmental Health Services and may be picked up once the missing items are brought in.

Mail-In Burning Permit Application and Regulations

Online Burning Permit Applications 

The online application allows the applicant to submit the information online.  Once an application has been reviewed and approved, the permit will be available for pickup at Environmental Health Services within three (3) business days of submission. The $15 permit fee will be collected at the time of pickup.

The online application can be used by all applicants. If an application is incomplete or does not meet the required criteria, the applicant will be notified via email or phone within two (2) business days of receipt.

Note:  If the applicant is not the property owner, a Property Owner Permission Letter must be submitted to Environmental Health Services at the time of permit pickup.

Online Burning Permit Application
*****Please be advised that you will need to save the application and submit it as an attachment to this email address - 

For additional questions regarding burning permits, please Email or call the Frederick County Health Department Community Services Office at 301-600-1717.