If you live in an unincorporated area of Polk County, please call Emergency Management at 936-327-6826 and select option 0 to listen to the burn ban recording. Orders preventing outdoor burning can be viewed on the Polk County, Texas website at www.co.polk.tx.us or on the Polk County Emergency Management website at www.polkcountyoem.com under Public Notices.
If you live within a city limit, please call your local City Hall for information.
Effective September 1, 2009, the Polk County Environmental Enforcement Office issued a notice stating that outdoor burning of household waste is authorized as long as the outdoor burning takes place at the residence where it was generated and as long as the waste results from the functions of life at a residential property. For example, kitchen garbage, untreated lumber, cardboard boxes, packaging, clothing, grass, leaves, brush and branch trimmings.
The following items are not considered domestic waste and cannot be burned: Tires, construction debris, furniture, carpet, carpet padding, insulation on electrical wire, cable, asphalt products such as shingles, plastics, heavy oils, potentially explosive materials such as aerosol cans, chemical wastes, or items containing natural or synthetic rubber.
If you are unclear about whether or not you can burn a particular item or items, please contact the Polk County Environmental Enforcement Officer at 936-327-6820 and select option 2 when prompted by the recording.
When Polk County enacts a burn ban, the order preventing outdoor burning states whether or not residents may burn in a burn barrel. When an order gives residents authorization to burn in a burn barrel, it requires that a metal grate be placed on top of the burn barrel to contain sparks.
If there is an existing structure on your property, it may have a 9-1-1 address. Call the Polk County 9-1-1 Rural Addressing Coordinator at 936-327-6826, option 2 to determine if your property has an address. If not, a permit is required to establish a new 9-1-1 physical address, so please contact the Polk County Permit Department at 936-327-6820, and select option 1.