How To Get A SC Burn Permit

Air Curtain Burner / Destructor Burn Permits in South Carolina

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South Carolina law requires that the Forestry Commission be notified before burning. For contact information in regards to getting a burn permit and in order to notify the correct authorities for your locality, please check the South Carolina Forestry Commission website.

You can easily identify the correct regulation in regards to your specific burn project on this page under the section “If You Want To Burn”.

Please note the following laws for South Carolina as provided by the State of South Carolina’s Website. You can read the full forestry law here at the South Carolina Forestry Handbook.

Click for our list of burn permit phone number for each South Carolina county.



48-31-10. Proclamation forbidding use of fire in forests or woodlands when conditions are abnormal; annulment of proclamation.
Whenever by reason of drought, low humidity, high winds, and other conditions, the forests and woodlands in the State are in danger of fires, the Governor, upon recommendation of the State Forester, may in the interest of public safety and the preservation of natural resources, have authority by proclamation to forbid the use of fire therein. When the Governor is satisfied that the occasion has passed for maintaining the provisions of the proclamation he shall annul it by another proclamation.

Phone numbers for burn permits in each South Carolina county

Please note the following laws for South Carolina as provided by the State of South Carolina’s Website. You can read the full forestry law here at the South Carolina Forestry Handbook.
For Abbeville county, please call 1-800-895-7056
For Aiken county, please call 1-800-895-7057
For Allendale county, please call 1-800-895-7058
For Anderson county, please call 1-800-895-7059
For Bamberg county, please call 1-800-895-7060
For Barnwell county, please call 1-800-895-7061
For Beaufort county, please call 1-800-895-7062
For Berkeley county, please call 1-800-895-7063
For Calhoun county, please call 1-800-895-7064
For Charleston county, please call 1-800-986-3593
For Cherokee county, please call 1-800-986-3594
For Chester county, please call 1-800-986-3595
For Chesterfield county, please call 1-800-986-3596
For Clarendon county, please call 1-800-986-3597
For Colleton county, please call 1-800-986-3599
For Darlington county, please call 1-800-986-3742
For Dillon county, please call 1-800-986-3745
For Dorchester county, please call 1-800-986-3746
For Edgefield county, please call 1-800-986-5138
For Fairfield county, please call 1-800-986-5162
For Florence county, please call 1-800-986-5165
For Georgetown county, please call 1-800-986-5256
For Greenville county, please call 1-800-986-5299
For Greenwood county, please call 1-800-986-5327
For Hampton county, please call 1-800-986-5403
For Horry county, please call 1-800-986-5404
For Jasper county, please call 1-800-986-5405
For Kershaw county, please call 1-800-705-8609
For Lancaster county, please call 1-800-705-8610
For Laurens county, please call 1-800-705-8611
For Lee county, please call 1-800-705-8612
For Lexington county, please call 1-800-705-8613
For Marion county, please call 1-800-705-8614
For Marlboro county, please call 1-800-705-8615
For McCormick county, please call 1-800-705-8616
For Newberry county, please call 1-800-705-8617
For Oconee county, please call 1-800-705-8618
For Orangeburg county, please call 1-800-517-9636
For Pickens county, please call 1-800-517-9637
For Richland county, please call 1-800-517-9638
For Saluda county, please call 1-800-517-9639
For Spartanburg county, please call  1-800-517-9640
For Sumter county, please call 1-800-517-9641
For Union county, please call 1-800-517-9642
For Williamsburg county, please call 1-800-517-9643
For York county, please call 1-800-517-9644




As used in this chapter:
      (1) “Prescribed fire” means a controlled fire applied to forest, brush, or grassland vegetative fuels under specified environmental conditions and precautions which cause the fire to be confined to a predetermined area and allow accomplishment of the planned land management objectives.  It also is known as “controlled burn”.
      (2) “Certified prescribed fire manager” means an individual who successfully completes a certification program approved by the State Commission of Forestry.
      (3) “Prescribed fire plan” means a written prescription for starting and controlling a prescribed fire.

SECTION 48‑34‑40.Requirements for prescribed fire qualified under this chapter. Prescribed fires conducted pursuant to this chapter:
    (A) For purposes of this section, “South Carolina Smoke Management Guidelines” means smoke management guidelines for vegetative debris burning for forestry, agriculture, and wildlife purposes that are promulgated as regulations by the State Forestry Commission pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act.
    (B) Prescribed fires conducted pursuant to this chapter:
      (1) must have a written prescribed fire plan prepared before authorization to burn is given by the State Commission of Forestry, and the plan must be on site and followed during the burn;
      (2)must have at least one certified prescribed fire manager present and supervising the burn from ignition until it is declared safe according to certification guidelines;
      (3)are considered in the public interest and do not constitute a public nuisance when conducted pursuant to state air pollution statutes, smoke management guidelines, and regulations applicable to the use of prescribed fire;
      (4)are considered a property right of the property owner.
HISTORY:  1994 Act No. 325, Section 1;  2012 Act No. 139, Section 1, eff April 2, 2012.