CAL FIRE has SUSPENDED burn permits until further notice as of 6/5/2024.

Cal Fire News Release here


Burn Permits and Burn Day Information

Burn Information Line: (209) 754-6600

Copperopolis Residents: (209) 785-7664

CalFire will require a CalFire permit for every burn in the county, they are available at

(Unavailable after 6/5/24)

CalFire permits have safety restrictions such as limiting pile size to 4 feet by 4 feet, requiring a 10 foot clearance down to bare earth, and a person in attendance at all times with water and a shovel. No burning shall be undertaken unless weather conditions, especially wind, are such that burning can be considered safe. CalFire Debris Burning Information here.


Everyone must adhere to all rules for burning whether or not they are required to have an Air Pollution burn permit. 


When burning is allowed, you are required to have an Air Pollution Control Burning Permit if:

  • The property is 5 acres or more, OR

  • You are operating on the parcel as a commercial business (regardless of parcel size)

Air Pollution Burn Permits are good for 1 year from the date of issuance and they cost $12. See below for Rules and Regulations that must be followed when burning.

There are 3 ways to obtain a burn permit:

  1. On-line: Credit card online payments click here and enter the PLC #9091 (Unavailable after 6/5/24)
  2. By Mail: If you need to renew your existing permit, you may submit your $12.00 payment by check, include your previous APCD Permit Number to: APCD 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, CA 95249 and a new permit will be mailed to you. If you have never had an Air Pollution Control Permit before, click here for an application form.

  3. Walk-In: If mail is not an option for you, you may come to the office to purchase a permit at the counter. 

If you will be conducting a prescribed burn on an area greater than 10 acres, or emitting more than one ton of particulate matter (about 100 tons of wood or about two hundred 10'x10'x5' piles), a Smoke Management Plan (SMP) is required. Please contact the District at (209) 754-6588 for more information.  

Rules for Burning and Tips for Minimizing Smoke

Whether or not you are required to have a burn permit, you MUST follow all of the Rules and Regulations regarding burning in the county. For a 2 page fact sheet that includes a summary of the Rules most often needed for residential burning, click here. The factsheet also includes tips and techniques for how to burn with less smoke and lessen the chance for the smoke to become a public nuisance.

For a complete copy of the Calaveras County Open Burning Rules and Regulations, click here.



Please contact the District at (209) 754-6588 for more information.