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News Release

Town of Hilton Head Island Debris Removal and Outdoor Burning Due to Hurricane Dorian

Release Date: September 10, 2019

Contact Information:
Carolyn Grant email icon , Communications Director, 843-341-4618


Residential property owners with excessive vegetative debris resulting from Hurricane Dorian may dispose of it at the Beaufort County Convenience Center or burn it on designated dates set by the Town of Hilton Head Island.

To provide unobstructed access for emergency responders immediately following last week's storm, a contractor for the Town and Town Fire Rescue personnel removed vegetative debris from some roadways.

'But, due to the limited severity of the storm's impact and low projected volumes of vegetative debris generated overall by the storm, we determined it was not necessary to initiate a widespread debris collection or processing project for Hurricane Dorian," said Town Engineer Jeff Buckalew. 

Thus, property owners may burn their debris, hire a contractor to remove it, haul it to the Convenience Center at 26 Summit Drive or work with their property owners' association (POA) to remove it. Property owners are asked not to place vegetative debris in public road rights-of-way or in drainage ditches as that is considered littering and is a violation of Town Code. 

Residents of Planned Unit Developments (PUD) should contact their respective POA offices for guidance regarding debris on PUD owned roads.

In addition to its regular burn date of Saturday, September 21, the Town has added another burn date - Saturday, September 14 - to help property owners dispose of  hurricane debris.

For debris burning, please abide by the following rules from the Town's burning ordinance:

  • Burning is for one and two family dwellings from debris originating on-site.
  • A permit must be acquired from a fire station prior to burning.
  • The permit must be registered on the day of the burn by calling 843-682-5125.
  • Responsible persons must be on-site at all times with an extinguishing method.
  • Fires must be extinguished at sunset.
  • Please check with your community management or POA as their restrictions on burning of yard waste may be more stringent.