Permit Types

The Air Quality Program has developed a set of regulations for air pollution sources. These regulations are known as the Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP). Once the AQMP was approved by EPA, the Community became the first Tribe in the Country with a comprehensive set of air regulations.  The AQMP gives the Program the authority to implement the Clean Air Act through issuance of the following permits:


  • Open Burning;
  • Earth Moving Operations; and
  • Industrial Operations (i.e., stationary sources).


The AQMP also allows the Program to conduct compliance inspections and take enforcement actions to correct the issues, if needed.




In accordance with Part V, Section 1.0 of the AQMP, any person seeking to conduct residential or agricultural burning shall submit a Burn Permit Application to the Department prior to conducting burn activities.


The following types of fires are authorized by burn permits:


  • Residential fires set for the disposal of leaves, lawn clippings, tree trimmings/tree limbs and other yard waste, provided that no materials that generate toxic fumes are burned (e.g., oleander leaves or branches).
  • Commercial fires set for the disposal of vegetative waste resulting from the process of land clearing, commercial development or other large scale permitted fires.
  • Agricultural fires set for weed control or abatement, clearing fields or ditches of vegetation, or the disposal of other naturally grown products of horticulture, provided that no materials that generate toxic fumes are burned (e.g., oleander leaves or branches).


Open burning of the following materials is forbidden:


  • Garbage resulting from the processing, storage, service or consumption of food;
  • Asphalt shingles, tar paper; plastic and rubber products;
  • Petroleum products (such as waste crankcase oil, transmission oil and oil filters);
  • Transformer oils;
  • Hazardous material containers including those that contained inorganic pesticides, lead, cadmium, mercury, or arsenic compounds;
  • Tires (whole, shredded or chopped);
  • Construction debris
  • Debris from demolished homes and trailers homes; and
  • Asbestos containing materials.


The complete rules for open burning are found in Part V, Section 1.0 of the AQMP