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PBM85 - Application for Open Burning for Mineral Operations

The approval of an open burning authorization application is dependent upon the evaluation by the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County (EPC) for compliance with applicable laws. The authorization to conduct open burning can be conditioned or denied. If granted, it may be revoked for violation of permit criteria or the law. Be advised that the issuance of a permit does not exempt you from regulations of other authorized fire control agencies applicable to open burning in Hillsborough County and the municipalities. Open burn authorizations may be tracked online at epchc.org under “Status of Permit Application.”

The EPC administers open burning for initial land clearing purposes. Open burning for range improvement, maintenance and continuation of the grazing of animals or burning incidental to other continuous agricultural activities is administered by the Florida Forest Services (FFS). For information regarding burns of this type, Florida Forest Services can be contacted in Lakeland at 1-863-940-6701. 

1.  Applicant Information (Developer/Owner of the property)
Please check one: *

*** If applicant noted above is the developer, please fill out the owner information in section 2 below. If applicant above is the owner, skip section 2.

2.  Additional Applicant Information

3.  Site Information/Description

The following restrictions and conditions will allow you to determine if the proposed open burning meets minimum regulatory requirements.
You must submit this document with your sketch in the below Sketch file upload section.
a. Does the burn material consist only of naturally occurring vegetation?
b. Is the vegetative debris generated from this site?
c. Is the open burning setback at least 1000 feet from any occupied building and 100 feet from wild lands, brush, or combustible structures?
d. Is the open burning set back at least 100 feet from any public roadway, and smoke from the burn will not obscure visibility on roadways?
e. Are there any sensitive land uses in immediate vicinity (schools, hospitals, day care, residences, etc.)?
f. Is the open burn occurring within 2500 feet of any Hillsborough County Aviation Authority active runway?
g. Is the burn site located within local city jurisdiction?
h. Is the burn pile(s) free of any power lines, low-hanging tree limbs, or brush?
i. Are the materials dry so as to produce minimal amount of smoke?
j. Is the burn pile(s) no more than 30 feet in diameter and 10 feet in height?
k. Will additional flammable materials be used to support combustion?
l. Will the burn site be under constant physical supervision of a competent employee at all times?
m. Will there be means of controlling and extinguishing the fire is on site at all times?
n. Will wind speed/direction be monitored at all times to minimize the potential of smoke, soot, and dust impacts?
o. Will there be adequate signage posted at the nearest roadway(s), primary entrance(s), and exit(s) to burnsite?
p. Will the applicant maintain a log on site that documents burning times (startups and extinguish times)?
q. Are the emergency phone number and the contact personnel on site provided?
r. Will all allowable burning hours between the hours 9:00 a.m. and 1 hour before sunset be complied with at all time? (No glowing coals, glowing embers, visible flames, smoke, emissions, flaming combustion, or surface combustion)?
s. Will contact be made with the Florida Forest Service each day prior to burning to substantiate if there are any burn restrictions? (FFS contact number 1-863-940-6701)

These are the main guidelines used in the inspection of a proposed burn site. It should be noted that EPC staff reserve the right, based on their professional judgment, to evaluate a proposed burn according to these guidelines and other regulations that may be applicable.

$300.00 for every 3 months for initial land clearing for mineral operations
The appropriate fee must accompany all applications for open burning. This fee is required to defray expenses in performing professional services necessitated by the actions of private enterprise. Funds collected for said services are nonrefundable.

Upon receipt of this application and fee, staff will conduct an initial site inspection to verify that the project meets all criteria. Should the applicant not meet the specified guidelines, a subsequent inspection will be performed. The inability to demonstrate compliance with the requirements may result in authorization denial and may require other disposal options.

Open burning authorizations issued under the provisions of Chapter 1-4 will be valid for a period of 90 days. The authorization may be renewed three times in a calendar year provided a request for a renewal is submitted before the active authorization expires. Each authorization renewal will require an additional fee of $600.00. EPC staff will conduct site inspections prior to each authorization renewal to confirm continued compliance with Chapter 1-4.

Open Burn permits and renewals are subject to challenge under Chapter 1-2, Part IV by affected parties.

Should the applicant assert they meet these conditions, read carefully, and sign the statement below.      



I have reviewed Chapter 1-4 and the guidance in this application, and I will adhere to them, and any additional conditions the Executive Director may include in any open burning authorization.
Signature (use your mouse to sign your name on the line in the block below) *