From May 1 to September 30 each year, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) imposes the ban on order to comply with federal clean air regulations. The ban does not apply to residential grills used for outdoor cooking and do not require a permit. EPD also bans burning of yard debris and land clearing debris from May to September.
The following types of outdoor open burning are allowed provided the proper permits are obtained (info at 678.518.4980 option3 or gwinnettfiremarshal.com):
- fires for agricultural practices zoned (RA200/residential agricultural – Gwinnett County) or (most typically R1200 – Dacula)
- Forestry Service prescribed burns
- bonfires for activities sponsored by educational, civic, religious, or other groups (must be permitted)