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.
Bonfire Permits - (770) 528 8310
Commercial Burn Permits - (770) 528-8315
Cobb County Code *
* Navigation Instructions:
- Click on Section 54
- Click on Article VII
- Choose Sections 54-111 through 54-118
Newly Adopted Outdoor Burn Ordinance effective 2/24/09
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:
Permits are required for:
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.
Penalties and Fines
First Violation: Advised of corrective actions, written warning.
Second Violation: Including failure to correct first violation, summons issued and a fine of $100.00 assessed.
Third Violation: Including failure to correct prior violations, summons issued and a fine of $250.00 assessed.
Fourth Violation: Including failure to correct prior violations, summons issued and a fine of $500.00 assessed.
Fifth and any Subsequent Violations: Including failure to correct prior violations, summons issued and a fine of $ 1,000.00 assessed and/or six months in jail.
Permit Required, Bonfire, Land Clearing, Yard Waste (large):
First Violation: Summons shall be issued and a fine of $500.00 will be assessed.
Second Violation: Summons shall be issued and a fine of $1,000.00 assessed.
Third and any Subsequent Violations: Summons shall be issued and a fine of $1,000.00 assessed and/or six months in jail.
For more information regarding the burning ban or air quality control, visit the Fire Department’s website at www.cobbfire.org and navigate to the Fire Marshal’s section, or contact the Georgia Environmental Protection Division at 404-363-7000 or 404-362-2671.
Types of Fires Allowed All Year
Certain types of fires are allowed all year, even during the burn ban, as listed below.
Recreational fires are allowed between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 10:30 p.m.
No recreational burning is allowed on windy days (10 mph or higher) or on days when the atmospheric conditions (cloudy, overcast, or raining) would cause the smoke to remain low to the ground.
Recreational fires must be attended by an adult who must be watching the fire at all times. Never leave the fire unattended.
A water hose or fire extinguisher must be on hand that can reach the fire, and can be ready to use if needed.
Recreational fires must be at least 25 feet from all structures.
Recreational fires shall not be started with petroleum-based products.
Some common sense shall be used when determining if a fire qualifies as a recreational fire. People sitting around a small campfire would be considered a recreational fire. A homeowner with a large pile of brush in their yard and frequently having a small fire is not a recreational fire.
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||Little Willeo Rd at Willeo Estates Dr.|
|North East Cobb||Ramsey Dr. at Shallowford Rd.|
|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|
|North West Cobb||Sharpel Ln at Owens Rd|
|North West Cobb||Moutain Oak Rd at Kennesaw Due West|
|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.|