Open Air Burning in Massachusetts is regulated by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and enforced by the local Fire Department. Open burning season runs from January 15 to April 15. A valid permit obtained from the local fire department is required. The Fire Chief reserves the right to deny open burning on any day due to weather or environmental conditions.
Please note, MA DEP can prohibit all open burning throughout the Commonwealth on days that are not favorable for public health. The link below will explain these restrictions.
The Fire Department will begin issuing open burning permits beginning on January 15.
Obtaining a Permit for Open Burning:
You can obtain your open burning permit in one of two ways:
1. Click here to obtain your permit by filling out the form online. To obtain your permit online, you will need to agree to the terms and conditions of the open burning regulations. This permit will be valid through April 15th. You will be assigned a permit number which will be required each time you activate it during the burning season. Agricultural permit applications will still need to be submitted at Fire Headquarters.
2. We encourage you to obtain your burning permit online. However, if you are unable to obtain a permit online, you must pay by check and obtain the rules from Fire Headquarters located at 114 Sandwich Street upstairs in the business office. Fire personnel will then enter your information and issue you a permit number. You MUST retain this number. You will not be allowed to burn without a permit number.