Open Burning Permit

Open burning applications may be mailed, dropped off in the black drop box at Entrance A (flag entrance), dropped off in our office, or emailed. If payment is included with the application, the permit will be mailed or emailed out. 

*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 BurningPermitApp@FrederickCountyMD.gov to verify property eligibility before submitting payment.

Click on the box below for the Mail-in or Online Application information

  1. Application Process
  2. Mail-in Burning Applications
  3. Online Burning Applications

The fee for the permit is $15. Payments are accepted Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office accepts cash, checks (made payable to Frederick County Health Department), and Visa/Mastercard. 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.

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

For information about Maryland Department of Natural Resources open burning requirements check out their webpage at DNR Open burning.