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​You Must Get A Permit for Most Open Burning


Did you know open burning is restricted in Tulsa County in order to protect our community’s air quality? Tulsa Health Department helps enforce the restrictions by issuing permits for burning variances and by conducting inspections for a limited amount of tree and brush material. Exemptions to open burning restrictions include burning associated with: 

  • food preparation
  • ceremonial occasions
  • recreational purposes

In addition, fires set for training operations or the abatement of nuisances in the interest of public health are permitted with approval from THD.  Burning shall be between three (3) hours after sunrise and three (3) hours before sunset.

If you plan to engage in open burning or to operate an open-pit incinerator in Tulsa County, you must file a request to receive a burning variance permit from THD. There are no fees. For more information, please call 918-595-4200 or email: ehsd@tulsa-health.org.  After you have received your permit and within 24 hours of burning, please contact the fire department at 918-446-1211 to let us know you are about to burn. 

Plan for the burn.  Make sure your fire is away from roadways, buildings, combustibles, natural vegetation you do not want destroyed, and areas of congregation by people.  Should you have questions about whether something is acceptable or not please contact the fire department at (918) 446-1211.

Rules and regulations regarding air contaminant sources in Tulsa County are listed in the City of Tulsa Clean Air Code, Title 17, Chapter 7, Tulsa Revised Code, and in County of Tulsa Clean Air Code under authority of Title 63, Oklahoma Statutes section 1-120 and 1-213.  The authority to conduct open burning under the provisions of this variance does not exempt or excuse a person from the consequences, damages, or injuries which may result from such activities.​