Open Burning Laws

Open burning is the burning of unwanted materials such as paper, trees, brush, leaves, grass, and other debris where the emissions are not going through a chimney or stack. Open burning can be dangerous if not taken care of properly. Here in North Myrtle Beach, we have a few laws pertaining to open burning. Listed below is a quick guide to open burning here in North Myrtle Beach. For a more detailed description and a list of other ordinances, click here.

Open Burning is prohibited except for the following….

  • Fires for cooking of food for human consumption if…
    • …it’s contained in a device designed for that purpose (such as a grill)
    • …at least 10 ft away from any commercial building
    • ….if it’s constantly attended
  • Fire for recreational purposes if…
    • …it’s contained in a device designed for that purpose (such as a portable fire place)
    • …kept 20 ft away from any structure or vegetation
    • …only non treated lumber, clean wood, or vegetation is burned
    • …if it is constantly attended until put out.
  • Fires  set for the training of firefighters (if conducted within boundaries of the appropriate facility)
  • Fires set for the purpose of backfiring, or using a fire to help contain a wild fire within specific regulations.
  • Fires set for the disposal of debris as a result of an officially declared emergency or disaster and follows specific regulations.
  • Fires set for the disposal of trees and vegetation on land at least 20 acres or more when the removal of said vegetation is necessary for the creation of a roadbed and the right-of-way associated with the roadbed and follow specific regulations.