Release Date: August 6, 2011
Joheida Fister , Fire Marshal, (843)682-5140
Effective 09:00, Sunday August 7th, 2010, the burning ban imposed by the Fire Chief of the Town of Hilton Head Island will be lifted. The lifting of the ban does not authorize burning on any given day but allows burning to be conducted if weather conditions allow and the resident has a valid burn permit issued by the Town.
Residents are reminded that all burning must be conducted in accordance with local ordinances. Failure to fully comply with the local burn ordinances may result in fines up to $1,092.50 per occurrence.
There are two types of burning that may be allowed within the Town of Hilton Head Island to include Residential Burns and Recreational Fires.
Permits for both Residential Burning and Recreational Fires may be obtained at any town fire station between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. No more than one permit shall be issued at a time to a property address. Any person, who obtains an open burning permit prior to the actual burn day, shall call the fire and rescue division's automated burning permit telephone line at (843) 341-4714 on the day they intend to burn to determine if burning is allowed on that day. Even though it may be a designated burn day, anticipated weather conditions (especially high wind forecasts) might prohibit you from burning. The public is reminded that if the fire is smoking it is not considered to be out and will be considered a violation.
Residential Burning may occur on the date listed on the permit between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. or sunset, whichever occurs first. All residential burning fires shall be fully extinguished by 6:00 p.m. or sunset, whichever occurs first.Recreational Fires may occur on the date listed on the permit and between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and Midnight.
The following conditions will likely result in citations being issued for violating the Town's burn ordinances:
Anyone who lives in a neighborhood with a POA or COA, will need to verify with their POA/COA if burning is allowed. Fire & Rescue does not monitor individual POA rules and may issue a permit by mistake. Please don't violate your POA rules.