New York DEC
Outdoor Burning Regulations
Regulations Effective October 14, 2009
- Burning household trash
in burn barrels or piles is illegal everywhere in New York.
Previous law already prohibits burning household trash in wood stoves, fireplaces, and outdoor wood boilers.
- Effective on October 14, 2009, all open burning is prohibited in New York with several
exceptions including the following:
- Barbecue grills, maple sugar arches and similar outdoor cooking devices, using
only propane, charcoal, or untreated wood
- Small cooking and camp fires, using only untreated wood
- On-site burning of limbs and branches is allowed between May 15th and the
following March 15th in any town with a total population less than 20,000
- On-site burning of organic agricultural wastes, but not pesticides, plastics or other
non-organic material, on certain agricultural lands
- Liquid petroleum fueled smudge pots to prevent frost damage to crops
- Ceremonial or celebratory bonfires
- Disposal of a flag or religious items
- Fire training with some restrictions on the use of acquired structures
- Individual open fires to control plant and animal disease outbreaks as approved by
DEC upon the request by the Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets
- Open fires as necessary to control invasive plant and insect species
- See the NY DEC Air Resources
law, part 215 for a full list of exceptions
- Burning leaves is banned in New York, including rural areas
- Local law may impose stricter regulations than State law
- This is only a synopsis of the regulations. You should refer to the DEC website for complete information
for an Open Burning fact sheet.
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