Due to special circumstances necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the health department is not currently issuing burn permits. However, residents may burn brush on their property as long as they follow all applicable regulations.
Open burning in Allegany County is regulated under Maryland Department of the Environment Air Quality Regulations. A burning permit is required for all open burning, except for small recreational fires such as campfires, for outdoor cooking of food and fires associated with agricultural practices. The only material that may be burned is brush originating on the same site it is to be burned.
The burning permits are good for 6 months and allows individuals to burn after 5:00 P.M. each day and after 4:00 P.M. during daylight savings time. Permits may be obtained in person at our office or by calling 301-759-5040. There is no fee for burning permits.
If you are in the City Of Cumberland or the City of Frostburg, you must first obtain a permit from this office and then take proof of your permit to the respective City’s Fire Department.