Illegal burning is serious business, and tough Texas Laws punish offenders with fines and jail time.


Illegal burning is in violation of Texas Outdoor Burning Regulations 30T.A.C. 111b

No burning is permitted during a County Burn Ban.  Fines up to $500 and/or civil action can be enforced. Check the County's Web site at

All controlled burns need to be called into your local fire department or police agency.


Individuals in Violation

$1,000 to $100,000 fine and possibly civil penalties


You Cannot Burn:

  • Rubber Tires
  • Electrical Wire
  • Lead Acid Batteries
  • Roofing Shingles
  • Insulation
  • Treated Lumber
  • Carpet
  • Carpet Padding
  • Aluminum
  • Televisions
  • Appliances
  • Creosoted Products
  • Any item that has been generated at another location and moved to a burn location

Outside Burning Guidelines

Regardless of whether a County Burn Ban is in effect, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has legal guidelines that dictate the rules for outdoor burning.  Even if you live in an unincorporated area, the TECQ guidelines still apply.  These guidelines should be consulted before any burning takes place.  Access to these guidelines is provided here.  Provided is a PDF document of the TCEQ Outdoor Burning in Texas, explaining burning guidelines and regulations in Texas.


Williamson County Inner Loop Annex

Williamson County Annex

Environmental Law Enforcement

301 S.E. Inner Loop, Ste. 102

Georgetown, TX 78626

Phone: (512) 943-1486

Fax: (512) 943-1440


Driving Directions

Williamson County Courthouse
710 Main Street Georgetown, TX 78626
Main Telephone: (512)943-1100
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