Procedure and Requirements 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 permit you may apply and pay online or optionally you may apply in person at the Fire Department Business Office, 68 N. Pleasant St., during regular business hours. Once payment of $25.00 is received you may call (413) 259-3082 and we will arrange to have staff come to your property to perform the inspection. We conduct inspections 7 days a week as time allows. The permit will NOT be issued until the permit fee has been paid. Proof of online payment transaction may be requested by staff.
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).