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Town Council recently voted to reenact a new Chapter 7 of Title 9 of the Municipal Code which changed the Town's outdoor burning regulations. As of April 1, 2014 open burning of yard debris such as leaves, grass and pine straw will only be allowed two days per month. Recreational burning is still legal with certain restrictions; the information provided will help you learn before you burn!

Due to the Statewide Red Flag issued by the South Carolina Forestry Commission burning will be cancelled on Saturday, March 11th. 

The South Carolina Forestry Commission issued a statewide Red Flag Fire Alert, effective at 7 a.m. Friday. Weather forecasts for most of the state over the next three days include stronger-than-normal wind gusts and very low relative humidity, all of which combine with dry fuels on the ground to create the potential for outdoor fires escaping easily and spreading rapidly.

"Today was one of the busiest fire days we’ve seen in a while - [more than 50 active fires statewide] - and it's because the conditions that led us to issue a Red Flag alert last weekend haven’t changed much," said Darryl Jones, SC Forestry Commission Fire Chief.

The Town will allow burning of yard waste on the following Saturday's if conditions permit:
  • March 18th
  • March 25th
  • April 1st
  • April 8th

A permit is required to conduct Outdoor Burning of Yard Waste. Permits can be obtained at any fire station on Hilton Head Island.

All rules of existing permits will apply.

  • The permit holder must register their burn on the make-up date.
  • To register the burn call 843-682-5125. You must call before you light the fire to determine if projected weather conditions will allow burning.
  • Yard waste burning may take place only on approved burn days when weather permits.

Citizens are encouraged to use the public drop-off sites:

  • Coligny Beach Parking Lot at 1 South Forest Beach Drive (to the right)
  • Old Concrete Plant at 111 Leg O Mutton Road, across from Gardner Drive
  • Old Gullah Flea Market Site at 120 William Hilton Parkway, across from Squire Pope Road traffic signal

Citizen Debris Drop-off Center Map pdf icon

Residential Disaster Debris Removal Information

What type of Open Burning is permitted?

  • Outdoor Cooking. Outdoor cooking in an outdoor fixed or portable barbecue, food smoking unit, and outdoor cooking stoves.
  • Outdoor Fireplaces. Outdoor fireplaces which receive a Town issued building permit and are properly maintained.
  • Recreational fires. Fires for the purpose of pleasure, religious, ceremonial, or other similar purposes. You can burn the following: natural vegetation (wood, twigs, and pine cones), commercially prepared fireplace logs, and charcoal. You cannot burn waste lumber, pine straw, leaves, grass or garbage.
  • Burning of Yard Waste. Fires for the purpose of burning yard waste including, but not limited, to grass, tree limbs, branches, leaves, pine straw, pine cones and similar items.

Violations of the Burn Ordinance are punishable by
a fine of up to $1092.50 and 30 days in jail.

What type of Open Burning is NOT permitted?

  • Commercial burning of debris such as site clearing or construction waste.