If you have a complaint or problem regarding burning in your area, please call 911
Burning Banned May 1 - September 30
The Georgia Department of Natural
Resources has issued a ban on open burning May 1 – September
30 of each year. Fifty-four counties in Georgia (including Cobb County)
are affected. Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services are responsible
for the enforcement of this state-issued burning ban in unincorporated
Cobb County, and the cities of Acworth, Kennesaw, and Powder Springs.
From May 1 – September 30, you may not burn leaves, tree limbs, or other yard waste, forest land, or use air curtain destructors for land clearing.
Cobb County Code *
* Navigation Instructions:
- Click on Section 54
- Click on Article VII
- Choose Sections 54-111 through 54-118
Burning Allowed October 1 - April 30
Open burning is allowed October 1 - April 30 of each year. During this time, you may burn limited yard debris (leaves, pine straw, and small limbs from growth on your property) and land clearing using an air curtain destructor. The following restrictions for burning also apply:
You may not burn garbage, which means any waste material that includes but is not limited to plastic products, Styrofoam, fiberglass, recycling wire (burned to access metal), tires, clothing, furniture, mattresses, boxes, papers, stumps, root balls, and kudzu vines. Any material that is moved from one location to a different property cannot be burned. For information regarding alternative methods to dispose of yard waste, contact the Georgia Environmental Protection Division at 404-362-2537.
You can burn logs or clean wood. Clean wood means natural wood which has not been painted, varnished, or coated with a similar material; has not been pressure treated with preservatives; and does not contain resins or glues as in plywood or other composite wood products.
Please understand that even if you follow all of the guidelines for burning, you may be required to extinguish the fire if it adversely interferes with another’s enjoyment of life, use of property, or if someone with a health problem is affected
NOTE: During the burning period, fire officials may prohibit burning at times when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make burning hazardous.
Permits are required for:
Penalties and Fines
Penalties and fines range from a notice/warning to $1,000 and/or sixty days in jail, depending on number and severity of offenses.
See Cobb County code for details.
For more information regarding the burning ban or air quality control, contact the Georgia Environmental Protection Division at 404-363-7000 or 404-362-2671.
Certain types of fires are allowed all year, even during the burn ban, as listed below.
Types of Fires Exempt from the Burn Ordinance:
|Area of Cobb County (pdf )||Closest Intersection|
Andy Dr. at Kurtz Rd.
|North East Cobb||Arbor Oaks Dr at First Drive|
|North East Cobb||Cedar Valley Dr at Westmoreland Dr|
|North East Cobb||Channing Ct at Melrose Dr.|
|North East Cobb||Chergourg Way at Hembree Rd|
|North East Cobb||Emory Dr at Shallowford Rd.|
|North East Cobb||Fairgreen Dr. at Fairgreen Ln|
|North East Cobb||Heatherleigh Ct at Pinehurst Ln|
|North East Cobb||Haverhill Rd at Newell Dr.|
|North East Cobb||Jamerson Forest Cir at Jamerson Landing|
|North East Cobb||Skylane Dr. at Daffodil Dr.|
|North East Cobb||Spring Creek Way at emory Lane|
|North East Cobb||Sewell Mill Rd at Plasant View Cir|
|North East Cobb||Valley Green Dr. at Highgreen Dr|
|North West Cobb||Edgewood Dr at Sherry Lane|
|North West Cobb||Hollowbrooke Trail at McLain Rd.|
|North West Cobb||Howard Dr at Loring Rd.|
|North West Cobb||Marie Ct at Danielle Ct|
|South Cobb||Woodward Rd at Concord Rd|
|South Cobb||Woodward Cir at Mable Lake Dr.|
|South Cobb||Vanya La. at Marcia Dr.|
|South Cobb||Zanola Rd at Lake Circle|
|South East Cobb||Westwood Ln at Atlanta Rd|
|South West Cobb||Briarleigh Chase at Nickajack Rd|
|South West Cobb||Caley Mill dr at Macedonia Rd|
|South West Cobb||Churchhill Ct at Pentry Rd|
|South West Cobb||Fern Valley Dr. at Tiffany Dr.|
|South West Cobb||Walnut Cir at Birchwood Way|
|South West Cobb||Doby Lane at Clay Rd|
|West Cobb||Peacedale Ct. at Ellis Farm Dr.|