Residential Yard Debris Burning

State law requires that you notify the Forestry Commission prior to burning outdoors. In most cases, the law applies to burning
leaves, limbs and branches that you clean up from your yard. The notification law does not apply within town or city limits.

The toll-free numbers below allow you a quick, easy way to make your yard debris burning notification. Just dial the appropriate
number, listen to the message, and leave your name, address and phone number.

The law requires that you clear a firebreak around the burning site and have the right equipment available to keep the fire under
control. You must also stay with the fire until it is completely safe.

In addition to state laws regulating outdoor burning, there may be other local ordinances. Be sure to check on this before burning.

Berkeley County 1-800-895-7063
Charleston County 1-800-986-3593
Dorchester County 1-800-986-3746
Georgetown County 1-800-986-5256
Orangeburg County 1-800-517-9636

SC State Law regarding Residential Yard Debris Burning:

TITLE 48, CHAPTER 35
NOTIFICATION AND PRECAUTIONS LAW
48-35-10. Starting fire in woodlands, grasslands, and other places shall be unlawful unless certain precautions are taken.

It shall be unlawful for any owner or lessee of land or any employee of such owner or lessee or other person to start, or cause to be
started, a fire in any woodlands, brushlands, grasslands, ditchbanks, or hedgerows or in any debris, leaves or other flammable
material adjacent thereto, except under the following conditions:

  (a) Proper notification shall be given to the State Forester,or his duly authorized representative or other persons designated by
the State Forester. The notice shall contain all information required by the State Forester or his representative.

  (b) Such persons shall have cleared around the area to be burned and have immediately available sufficient equipment and
personnel to adequately secure the fire and prevent its spread.

  (c) The person starting the burning shall supervise carefully the fire started and have it under control prior to leaving the area.

48-35-20. Authorization must be obtained from landowner to conduct burning.

A lessee of any land, or any employee of any landowner or lessee of land, or other person, must receive prior authorization from the
landowner to conduct such burning, in addition to complying with the other provisions of this chapter.

48-35-30. Chapter inapplicable to fires within municipalities.

The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to fires which may be started within the corporate limits of any town or city.

48-35-40. Burning prohibited during periods of emergency.

No burning shall be carried out during any period which the Governor has declared that an emergency exists in connection with
forest fires.

48-35-50. State Forester may prohibit fires.

The State Forester may direct at any time, when deemed necessary in the interest of public safety, that fires covered by this chapter
not be started.

48-35-60. Penalties.

Any person violating the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be fined
not less than ten dollars nor more than one hundred dollars or imprisoned for not less than ten days nor more than thirty days. For
any second or subsequent offense, a fine of not less than twenty-five dollars nor more than three hundred dollars or imprisonment
for not more than six months may be imposed in the discretion of the court. "Subsequent offense," as used in this section, shall
mean an offense committed within ten years of a previous offense.

LAW ENFORCEMENT NOTE: 48-35-10 is the appropriate charge when an escaped fire requires suppression action even if it does
not encroach on adjacent property. It may also be an appropriate additional charge in cases of Allowing Fire to Spread (16-11-180).
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