Burn Permits and Alternatives

Burning of brush and other land-clearing debris can lead to drifting smoke and smell, which can be a public nuisance.  Open burning is not allowed on City construction projects.  

Before you request a burn permit for  land-clearing debris or residential yard debris, the City of Fayetteville urges residents to consider the following alternatives to open burning: 

  • The City’s Recycling and Trash Department offers free weekly pick-up of yard waste for Fayetteville residents. Waste must be bundled or bagged. Restrictions apply. Click here to learn more
  • The City offers one free bulky waste pick-up per year per household, which includes bulk brush and limbs. Additional pickups are available  for a small fee. Click here to learn more.
  • Residents may drop off organic debris such as brush and limbs at the City’s compost facility, where it will be chipped into mulch. Limbs and brush that have already been chipped can also be dropped off at this facility, located at 1708 S. Armstrong Avenue.   Facility hours are:
    • Tuesday and Thursday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • November through March: First Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon
    • April through October: First and second Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon
  • Trees 8 inches in diameter with the root ball attached that are a minimum of 15 feet in length may be used by the Watershed Conservation Resource Center in stream restoration projects. Call 501-352-7294 to coordinate tree pick-up or delivery.
  • 2nd Life Wood salvages trees to make into furniture.  They will accept most hardwood trees (except red oak) that are 20 inches in diameter and larger, walnut tress 16 inches in diameter and larger, and any tree species that is larger than 30 inches in diameter.  They prefer to look at the tree prior to cutting to coordinate maximizing its usability.  Call 479-502-7930.  There is no cost to having the tree hauled away.