As a precautionary response to COVID-19, Ohio EPA is currently operating with most staff working remotely. If you are working with our staff on a current project and you know the name of the employee you are working with, email them at or call them directly. The Agency website has contact information for every district, division, and office. In order to reach us, please contact Ohio EPA’s main phone line at (614) 644-3020 or the main line for the division or office you are trying to reach.

After March 23, our district offices and Central Office will be temporarily closed and will have increasingly limited ability to receive deliveries, plans, etc. All entities are encouraged to submit plans, permit applications, etc., electronically where there are existing avenues to do so, such as the eBusiness Center (eBiz). Please refer to the list of available services on the main eBiz webpage. We encourage you to make use of all that apply, even if you have not used eBiz in the past. Plans under 25 MB can be emailed. For large plans over 25 MB, entities should work with the reviewer/division to upload via LiquidFiles. Directions for submitting docs via LiquidFiles is available on YouTube. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you in advance for your understanding. If you wish to send hard copies of documents to any of Ohio EPA’s district offices, the best method to ensure we receive these documents is to send them via U.S. Mail. Since all offices are closed, deliveries outside of U.S. Mail (FedEx, UPS) will likely be returned because the offices are closed and deliveries cannot be made.

To report a spill or environmental emergency, contact the spill hotline (800) 282-9378 or (614) 224-0946


Ohio EPA Temporarily Suspends Open Burning Permission

Due to weather forecasts predicting hot and dry conditions for the state, and a National Weather Service statement regarding increased fire hazards for the next few days, Ohio EPA will temporarily suspend issuing open burning permission.

The need for temporary suspension is partly due to brush fires seen since Monday in several areas of the state.

Under Ohio rules, open burning is not permitted in restricted areas, which include:

  • the boundaries of any municipal corporation;
  • corporation limits and a 1,000-foot zone outside any municipal corporation having a population of 1,000 to 10,000; and
  • corporation limits and a one-mile zone outside any municipal corporation with a population of more than 10,000.

In areas outside those zones, there are fewer restrictions and open burning is allowed if it complies with state rules and local ordinances. Again, Ohio EPA discourages open burning in these areas at all times, and certainly until dry conditions are less severe.

Under certain circumstances, burning a prohibited material or setting a fire in a restricted area is legal with prior written permission from Ohio EPA, through one of its district offices or a local air agency. Until weather conditions improve, Ohio EPA has advised its offices not to process or approve burn requests. Emergency requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Some examples of burning that require prior approval are:

  • firefighter training;
  • explosive material disposal;
  • horticultural, silvicultural, range or wildlife management practices; and
  • burning land-clearing waste.

For more information about Ohio’s open burning regulations, visit

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