Burn Permits

City of Bridgeport Fire Department will not be issuing burn permits until further notice. Residents will still be permitted to burn natural vegetation only - after 5pm inside city limits. No permit required. 


City of Bridgeport Burn Permit Process

Residents living inside the city limits of Bridgeport are required to apply for a burn permit year-round through the Bridgeport Fire Department. Applications must be received at least 24 hours prior to the commencement of burning. Open burning with a permit is allowed between the hours of 5:00 p.m. through 7:00 a.m.

The resident doing the burning must ensure that only natural vegetation is being burned and maintain a constant presence at the burning site. The resident also must ensure a water source is nearby in case of accidental spread. Residents shall maintain a copy of the burn permit on site and in no circumstance shall open burning occur within 15 feet of any building. Residents are also required to notify the Bridgeport Fire Dept prior to burning. If a fire, for which your responsible, spreads and starts a wildfire, fines range from $100 to $1,000.

At any time, the Fire Chief or his designee may revoke burn permits or ban open burning. Weather conditions may make open burning too dangerous. If you have any questions, please call 304-842-8252. For a fillable form of the burn permit, click here.


1)            Ensure only natural vegetation is to be burned

2)            Safety strip around proposed burn area is a minimum of 10’

3)            Water source is available in case of accidental spread

4)            Bridgeport Fire Department notified (304-842-8252)

Please return all completed permit forms to burnpermits@bridgeportwv.com.

If any contractor wishes to burn during the prohibited periods, they may apply for a commercial burn permit issued by the West Virginia Division of Forestry. They must also notify the Bridgeport Fire Department prior to burning.