Department of Public Safety


Statesboro Fire Department Frequently Asked Questions


Do I need a Burn Permit?

Yes. The City of Statesboro prohibits outdoor burning without a permit.

How do I get a Burn Permit?

If you live inside the City Limits of Statesboro or in the five mile fire district you need to contact the Fire Department during office hours (Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm) at (912) 764-FIRE (3473)to request a permit. Please state the location and materials to be burned when calling. Someone from the Fire Department will come to the location and determine if a permit can be issued.

There is no charge for a burn permit.

What are the guidelines for residential burning?

  • Burning is limited to yard debris only (i.e., leaves, pine straw and fallen dead limbs) from 10 AM to 6 PM or at sundown (whichever comes first).
  • All fires must be extinguished and completely out and after 6 PM or by dark.
  • Examples of illegal burning include construction materials and garbage.
  • Always have a working water hose nearby.
  • Fires must be 50 feet from all structures and 10 feet from property lines.
  • Also, you may need to get a permit from the Georgia Forestry Commission (912-681-5920) if you are burning forest or conducting an agriculture burn.

Does the City have a burning ordinance?

Yes.  Please contact the Statesboro Fire Department at (912) 764-FIRE (3473) for details.

How do I get a copy of a Fire Report?

Generally, it will take an average time of 48 hours for reports to be processed. Due to the nature of investigations some reports may not be readily available.

    Where can I pick up a copy of a Fire Report?

    Fire Reports can be picked up at the Fair Road Station.

    Will the Fire Department fill a swimming pool?

    No.  Please contact the City of Statesboro Water Department at (912) 764-5468 for assistance.

    Does the Fire Department charge for responding to a fire?

    No.  The Fire Department is supported by taxes and there are no additional charges.

    Does the Fire Department conduct group tours of the fire station?

    Yes, you will need to schedule group tours with the department secretary between Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm at (912) 764-FIRE (3473).

    What dose “ISO” rating mean?

    ISO (Insurance Services Organization) is an independent statistical, rating, and advisory organization that serves the property & casualty insurance industry. ISO collects information on a community’s public fire protection and analyzes the data using a Fire Suppression Rating Schedule. ISO then assigns a public protection classification from 1 to 10. Class 1 represents the best public protection and Class 10 the worst or no protection. Home Owners and Fire Insurance premiums are based on the ISO Classification.

    What is the ISO Classification for Statesboro?

    The City of Statesboro enjoys a very favorable Class 3 ISO Classification. A Class 3 rating places the Statesboro Fire Department in the top 4% when ranked nationally, and provides homeowners with lower insurance premiums.

    Where can I get a smoke alarm?

    The Statesboro Fire Department provides and installs smoke detectors at no cost to anyone that does not have smoke detectors in their home and cannot afford to purchase them.  For more information, please call (912) 764-FIRE (3473).

    Go to our Smoke Alarm Program for more information.