Outdoor Burning

Outdoor Burning Acknowledgment

General Requirements for permit: Title 30, Texas Administrative Code 111.201 - 111.221 and City of Robinson Ordinances.

    • Outdoor burning application will only be approved for crop clearing and brush burning.
    • The area around the pile must be cleared of grass and/or other flammable materials.
    • The pile must be at least 300 feet downwind of any structure or sensitive receptor.
    • If smoke from the burn is bothersome to adjoining property owners the fire shall be put out immediately.
    • On brush burns, the pile may only contain tree limbs and brush from the requested land.
    • No milled wood or treated lumber is allowed in the pile.
    • Wind speed must be no less than six (6) mph and no more than twenty-three (23) mph. Burning may commence no earlier than one (1) hour after sunrise, and must be extinguished no later than (1) hour before sunset.
    • The fire must be attended at all times and extinguished no later than one (1) hour before sunset.
    • Written notice shall be turned in for an outdoor burning application no less than seventy-two (72) hours prior to burning.
    • Burning prohibited. - It shall be unlawful for any person to cause, suffer, allow or permit any outdoor burning of trash, waste, rubbish, grass, brush, trees or other matter within the city, except as provided by the other provisions of this article. It shall also be unlawful for any person to cause, suffer, allow or permit any domestic waste burning because collection of domestic waste is provided in the city.
    • Permissible burning; exceptions. It remains the responsibility of the person igniting the burn to comply with all meteorological and timing considerations and other requirements of state law. The authority to conduct outdoor burning under this article does not exempt or excuse any person responsible from the consequences, damages, or injuries resulting from the burning, even though
      the burning is otherwise conducted in compliance with this article and applicable state law.
    • Compliance with applicable laws. It shall be unlawful for any person to conduct any outdoor burning in violation of any state statute, rule, regulation or in violation of common law

Exceptions to the requirements under the Outdoor Burning Rule, Title 30, Texas Administrative Code:

  • Warmth
  • Ceremonial
  • Food
  • Recreation

General Outdoor Burning Requirements

Step 1: Carefully read the rules, regulations, and requirements for an outdoor burn. Then fill out the application available below.

Step 2: Submit three (3) clear recent photos to Code Compliance as described below. Photos must be submitted within 72hrs of application or permit will be denied. 

  • 1st photo - Must be from a distance of about 20ft from the burn pile showing that a 300ft clearance is being met. The area around the pile must be cleared of grass and/or other flammable materials. (Additional requirements below)
  • 2nd photo - Front of brush pile about 10ft away showing the entire pile.
  • 3rd photo - Back of brush pile about 10ft away showing the entire pile.

Submission can be done through your online application, by emailing compliance@robinsontexas.org, or by texting (254) 366-9771. 

Step 3: Check the McLennan County Notice of Burn Bans and/or Disaster Declarations webpage to see if a burn ban is in effect. If one is in place you must wait until the burn ban is lifted to burn.


Failure to meet any of these requirements will void this permit and burning will be denied!


Please read the General Requirements for Outdoor Burning listed above before completing the Outdoor Burning Application. You can apply for Outdoor Burning Application online or you can drop it off with Code Compliance at City Hall or you can fax it to (254) 662-1035 by using the form found here.

Burn Inspection Important Information

Burn inspections will only be issued if a burn ban is not in effect. It may take approximately one (1) week for your pile to be inspected in person. In an effort to speed up the inspection process, residents can now request their burn pile be inspected virtually. You can find more information on our Virtual Inspections Program page. It will be the responsibility of the person conducting the burn to monitor the fire. Permission to burn does not release the owner of the pile from any damages that may be caused by the burning of the pile.

Outdoor Burn Bans

Burn bans are issued based on the determination made by McLennan County. To find whether a burn ban has been issued by McLennan County you can visit their Notice of Burn Bans and/or Disaster Declarations webpage.

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