Instructor-Led Class
Illegal Outdoor Burning Enforcement
6 Continuing Education Hours

This class is a complete review of the various ways that local governments can respond to and control illegal outdoor burning. The class will cover the following control techniques: (1) use of municipal codes; (2) application of county burn bans laws; (3) controlling burning through the declaration of a local emergency by the county judge or mayor; (4) application of felony illegal burning laws; (5) application of misdemeanor illegal burning law and the Texas Outdoor Burning Rule; and, (6) controlling illegal burning through civil suits by cities and counties. The class will also address various policy issues involved in implementing sound local policies to control outdoor burning.

Who Should Attend
Local code enforcement officers and registered sanitarians; local peace officers; local health department officers; specialized environmental enforcement officers; fire marshals and firefighters; prosecutors; city and county staff and elected officials needing a good understanding of the approaches available to control illegal outdoor burning; state agency officers needing a good understanding of the enforcement powers available to local governments. This is a very good class for volunteer firefighters also, and they are particularly encouraged to attend.

Six (6) hours code enforcement/RS continuing education credits will be awarded for successful completion. For code enforcement officers, this class includes one hour in "Legal / Legislative Update Related to the Profession of Code Enforcement." Six (6) hours TCOLE credit may be given at the discretion of participant's agency (Lesson Plan and Instructor Biography will be provided to Agency Training Officer). Peace officers seeking to earn TCOLE credits for completion of Class 3880 should verify with their Training Officer that this class meets Agency requirements prior to registration. In some cases TCOLE credit will be filed by the local agency hosting the class.

Your instructor for this class is John Ockels, Ph.D, Director of Texas Illegal Dumping Resource Center. If you need to contact him for any reason, you can do so at