Procedure for Obtaining Your Burning Permit

Burning permits can only be issued by state regulations between January 15th and May 1st each year.  Permits are available through the department for $25 and must be obtained prior to burning. An inspection of the burn site will also be conducted before burning can begin. The permit is valid for the entire season, though the department may cancel burning on certain days depending on weather conditions.

To obtain your season permit you should first come to the Fire Department Business office at the Central Fire Station during normal business hours. You may pay the $25 permit fee by cash or check.  The permit will NOT be issued until the permit fee has been paid. Once the fee has been paid we will arrange to have someone come to your property to perform the inspection. We conduct inspections seven days a week as time permits, however the fee MUST BE PAID DURING NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS, Monday - Friday at our Central Station Business office.
After Obtaining Permit
Once you have your initial permit it is good until May 1st. Any days that you wish to use it to you should call our business office at 413-259-3082 to notify us that you will be burning that day. Unless weather or air quality conditions are poor for open air burning you will then be allowed to burn that day according to the regulations below.

Agricultural Burn Permits
Agricultural burn permits good for a full year are also available. Contact the Chief’s office for more information on agricultural burn permits.

State Open Air Burning Regulations:
  • The Commonwealth of Massachusetts allows open air burning from January 15 - May 1 of each year.
  • Only garden preparation and tree trimming material may be burned (no leaves or stumps).
  • Burning sites need to be inspected by the Fire Department prior to use.
  • Burning is allowed from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, at which time all burning must be concluded.
  • Burning must be constantly attended and a garden hose or water source must be readily available.
  • Burning sites must be located at least 75' from structures and materials cannot be piled higher than 3', longer than 25', or wider than 10'.
  • Once a permit is obtained from the Fire Department, it is good for the remainder of the burning season, and no further inspections will be made.  A telephone call to the Department must be made prior to burning in order to activate the permit and ensure that burning is allowed on any particular day (high winds or dry conditions will negate open burning).