This information is specific to the Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District (NSCAPCD) which is the air quality jurisdiction for the Northern Sonoma County Fire Protection District.
An air quality permit is required year-round for all types of burning including agriculture and residential pile burning, as well as prescribed burning. Obtain your air quality “Open Burn Permit” at https://nosocoair.org/.
No other permit is needed unless you are located in CAL FIRE jurisdiction and plan to burn between May 1 and the end of declared fire season. CAL FIRE jurisdiction is referred to as State Responsibility Area (SRA). SRA is generally the mountainous terrain and not the valley floors. You can determine if your location is in SRA at https://www.firepreventionfee.org/sra-lookup/. If you are located in the SRA and plan to burn between May 1 and the end of declared fire season, contact CAL FIRE Healdsburg at (707) 433-2020 to obtain a CAL FIRE Burn Permit. More information is also available at CAL FIRE’s website https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/.
CAL FIRE and the County of Sonoma may implement a “Burn Permit Suspension” which prohibits most types of burning. This Suspension usually occurs during our summer and fall months.
Please follow all safe burning guidelines, burn on approved “burn days,” and register your burn.