Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Fire Marshal Services
Is there a burn ban?
To check the latest burn ban information, call 1-800-323-BURN or see the Air Actions Status on the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Web site (external links). To find the current fire safety burn ban status for unincorporated King County, go to burn bans, or the Department of Permitting will issue a news release that will give the current status.
Prior to burning, always check with your local fire district and the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (external link).
Visit burn bans for detailed information about burn bans and burn permits.
I have yard waste I want to burn. Am I allowed to burn yard waste? Do I need a burn permit?
The Department of Permitting does not issue burn permits. Inquiries about burn permits should be directed to your local fire district.
There may be restrictions which prevent a fire district from issuing a burn permit. As a general rule, burn permits cannot be issued in areas designated as urban zones. Please refer to more information online at burn bans.
Also, King County's Solid Waste Division provides alternatives to burning wood and yard waste online or contact them at 206-296-4466 to get more information.
Can my architect/builder meet with someone at the Department of Permitting at a fixed fee per person to discuss fire code issues within our building proposal?
Pre-application meetings are available to address fire code issues within a building proposal. The Permitting Department fixed fee per employee in attendance is charged. A short, informational conference between the applicant and a representative from Fire Marshal Services can be arranged at no charge if the meeting does not exceed 30 minutes.