Burning Permits - Open Air Burning 2020

The 2020 Open Air burning season is closed.  We will resume issuing permits for the 2021 season in early January 2021.
Requirements for Open Air Burning:
Open air burning can only occur between January 15th and May 1st by state regulations. The rules for burning are listed below. We will come and conduct an inspection and issue you a burning permit once the permit fee has been paid. Don't wait until the day you want to burn to call for a permit! Our crews are very busy during warm spring weekends so there may be a delay in getting your permit if you wait until the last minute. Get your permit now and be ready for the nice weather. You don't have to have your brush pile made yet - we just need to see where you are going to burn and review the regulations with you. Call our business office at 413-259-3082 if you have any questions.

Procedure for obtaining your burning permit

Permits are available through the department for $25.00 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.

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).  

Additional Information

For more information and the text of Massachusetts Regulation 310 CMR 7.07, "Open Burning," see the Open Burning Regulations (external link) of the Massachusetts Bureau of Forest Fire Control, or contact the Fire Department at 413-259-3082 for more information