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Burning permits can be obtained online through the North Carolina Forestry Service. Please contact our Emergency Communications Center at 704-289-1591 and let them know you have obtained a burn permit and will be burning.
In some areas of Union County, open burning is allowed under the regulations of the North Carolina Division of Air Quality; however in some areas, open burning is not allowed. Municipalities where open burning is prohibited are as follows: Monroe, Wingate, Marshville, Indian Trail, Waxhaw and Stallings. Reasons why open burning is prohibited in the aforementioned municipalities range from trash collection being provided to the municipality having an ordinance against open burning.
Open burning is allowed in the following areas of Union County, provided that you adhere to the regulations set forth by the Division of Air Quality: Fairview, Unionville, Hemby Bridge, Marvin, Mineral Springs, Weddington, Wesley Chapel and unincorporated Union County. The North Carolina Division of Air Quality maintains regulations on what can be burnt. If someone is burning something that you feel is not allowed, you can review the North Carolina Open Burning Regulations.
There are many ways to prevent starting a fire, which include but are not limited to:
For information about planning an escape route in your home in case of fire, visit the FEMA website.
Union County provides public education programs at daycares, schools and businesses throughout the county. Contact any of the Fire Marshal’s Office staff for more information on upcoming events or to set up an event.
500 North Main St., Ste 809
Monroe, NC 28112
The Union County Fire Marshal’s Office has a primary responsibility of enforcing the North Carolina Fire Prevention Code that requires commercial occupancies be inspected on an arranged schedule depending on the occupancy type. In addition, the Fire Marshal’s Office handles safety concerns reported by the public and reviews building plans and fire protection equipment. During the building process, we work closely with our Building Code Enforcement Division. The Fire Marshal’s Office also conducts investigations into the origin and cause of fires. During investigations we may work with a number of different agencies that include: local Fire Departments, Sheriff’s Office, local Police Departments, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. We are a partner in the Union County Safe Kids Coalition, which provides a variety of safety training and activities throughout the year.