Outdoor Burning Information

For your protection, health and comfort and protection of the environment in general, outdoor burning of trash or any material is governed by Texas state laws.  These laws include statutes and ordinances governing the sale, purchase and use of fireworks.  It is your responsibility to know and obey these laws.  Failure to do so can result in severe criminal and/or civil penalties.

GENERAL INFORMATION FOR CONTROLLED BURNING

OUTDOOR BURNING IS ILLEGAL IN TEXAS
EXCEPT UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS!

 While it is preferred you utilize established waste disposal methods if they are available and financially feasible, controlled burning in San Leon must be conducted in accordance with state and local laws and ordinances.  A burn authorization (“Burn Permit”) must be filed with Galveston County Health District and Galveston County Sheriff’s Office.  This can be done by mail or FAX and you can obtain the form by clicking the above link.  Read and follow the instructions on the form.  The Fire Department and the Sheriff's Department must be notified each day that you will be conducting a burn.


GENERAL GUIDELINES

DEBRIS AND BRUSH DISPOSAL:

Burn site must have a minimum of 300' clearance from any property or structure not belonging to you, i.e. at least 300' from your neighbor's house, garage, shed, business etc.  This requirement may be waived with prior written permission from the affected neighbor or business owner.

PROHIBITED MATERIALS:

NO petroleum based materials (i.e. shingles, tires, paint, chemicals, etc.)

NO treated or painted lumber

Burn site must be attended and monitored by the permit holder during the entire burn process.

Extinguishing medium, e.g. garden hose, suitable for the burn site must be available at all times.

Burn authorization must be readily available for inspection by Law Enforcement, Fire Department, or Environmental Regulatory Agency representatives upon request.

Winds must be between 6 and 23 mph and from a direction which will not impact safe passage on any road, air landing strip, navigable waterway nor allow smoke to drift towards any offsite house or business. In the event a change in wind direction causes smoke to cross these areas or become a hazard, the fire must be extinguished.

Weather reports and conditions can be obtained from the local news stations, NOAA weather radio, or from The Weather Channel at www.weather.com or by clicking the link above.

Permissible hours to burn are one hour after sunrise; and the burn pile must be completely consumed or extinguished by no later than one hour before sunset each day of the burn.

LAND CLEARING:

The preferred method for the burning of land clearing debris is via a trench burner. Most of the same stipulations for debris removal apply here also.

RANGE MANAGEMENT:

Large-scale land burn-offs may be done for livestock management purposes. Contact the Fire Department to provide pre-fire site inspections and recommendations for a safer, more controlled burn, as well as manpower and apparatus to assist with, and control the fire.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

The above information is not necessarily all the information you need to comply with the law - consult with the Health, Fire or Sheriff Departments to be certain.  Failure to comply with the requirements of the burn authorization can result in severe criminal and/or civil penalties.