October 17, 2015

Burn Permits & Regulations

As of August 1st, 2019, all burning is banned within the City of Bay City. The ban will remain if affect for the duration of Fire Season. 


Bay City ordinance No.615 requires a written burn permit before any out door fires are ignited. Permits are free of charge, and available at the Bay City Hall, 5525 B. St.

Permits are issued for three categories of burns

  1. Burn Barrels, Burn barrels shall have a covering for the top of the barrel with heavy mesh screen with openings not more then 3/8″
  2. Open Burning, Open burning piles must be less then 108 cu. feet, or 6′ x 6′ x 3′.
  3. Slash Burns or Provisional hazards, Any burning that is not covered by the above categories constitutes a slash burn or provisional hazard. Burn permits for slash burns shall include a detailed plan for the burn. All slash burns will require a site visit by the Fire Chief or his designee before a permit can be issued, or any burning be conducted.

It is the responsibility of the permit holder to check on current fire conditions before igniting a fire. Fire conditions in regard to permitted burning are posted on the front of the Bay City Fire Station, and on the phone greeting ( 503-377-0233 ) 

Burn permits expire on 11:59 p.m. on December 31 of the year in which the permit was issued


1. Burning piles shall be placed as far away as possible and reasonable from combustibles, structures, property lines and fences.

2. A minimum of 25 feet is required for open debris piles and 10 feet for burn barrels from combustibles.

3. Burn barrels are required to have a screen while burning. Screens should be made of heavy mesh and not less than 14 gauge wire with holes not larger than 3/8 inch.

4. Burning of uncut grass, brush, or any standing vegetation is PROHIBITED. All grass, brush or vegetation must be piled prior to burning.

5. Burning shall be done on ground cleared of all growth. Class 1 piles shall be in piles no more than 6 feet wide, 6 feet long, and 3 feet high (108 cubic feet). Piles larger than this shall require inspection by a fire officer. Contact 377-0233.

6. BURNING AFTER DARK and during strong or gusty winds or when a burn ban is in effect is STRICTLY PROHIBITED.

7. All fires shall be CONSTANTLY ATTENDED by a competent person until completely extinguished.

8. Burning of rubber tires, plastics, paint, tar, asphalt shingles, wet garbage, petroleum products or any other material that creates a public nuisance is STRICTLY PROHIBITED by the Bay City Fire Department and DEQ regulations.

9. All slash burning within the city limits is regulated by the city. Inspection before burning by the Fire Chief or his designee is required. Contact 377-0233.

General Burning Information

A burning permit is a privilege and not a right, it can be revoked at anytime by burning officials if it appears that you are causing an unsafe condition or are needlessly causing a problem in the city. We ask that all permittees closely follow the burning regulation and have consideration for other citizens. We offer this advice to you as part of our service.

Working with your neighbors: Please check with neighbors before you burn, do they have something planned that smoke may interfere with? Is there clean laundry on the line or are your neighbors hosting an outdoor gathering? Is anyone allergic to smoke? If the answer is yes then please consider alternative times to burn. We recommend that you limit burning to less than 2 hours a day.

What can I burn? Any dry organic material such as grass, limbs, untreated lumber scraps, weeds, paper, cardboard etc.

What can’t I burn? Oil, roofing, wet garbage, plastics, or other materials that may release toxic gases into the atmosphere. No pressurized cans of any kind can be burned.

What conditions should I avoid? Do not burn in windy conditions. Remove all dry grass a minimum of three feet from the barrel or burn pile and remove all flammable materials away from the area. Class 1 & Class 2 burn permits expire at the end of each calendar year. However during the dry season, weather conditions may require a burn ban. Do not burn when a burn ban is in effect. Burn bans are posted on the front of the Fire Hall, 9390 Fourth Street, Bay City, Oregon 97107, or information can be obtain by calling the Fire Department at (503) 377- 0233 or City Hall at (503) 377-2288.

What should I do if my fire gets out of control? Do not delay, call 911 and report the fire. You have a permit and accidents happen. We need to know as soon as possible in order to control the incident as quickly as possible. In order to help keep your fire under control, keep a charged hose on hand while burning.