Open Burning Regulations

Outside open burning is allowed January 15th through May 1st of each year from 10:00am to 4:00pm. All outside fires shall be out at 4:00pm.

If you would like to have an outside open burning, call the telephone number (508)775-1300 and Dial 8. This is a recorded message that is updated daily if outside burning allowed. It doesn’t require any further action by the caller once they’ve heard the approval message.

You must call each day you wish to burn. Call after 9:30am because the decision to allow burning is made depending on weather conditions at 9:30am.

Open burning will be allowed only between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and under atmospheric conditions specified by the Air Pollution Control District.  Adverse meteorological conditions include rainy, foggy or snowy days when smoke would tend to stay on the ground.  As the fire danger increases in April, burning permits may be limited from 10:00 a.m. until 12 noon.

In accordance with the regulations issued by the Southeastern Mass. Pollution Control District regarding open burning, the following applies:

The following material IS ALLOWED to be burned:

  • Domestic tree trimmings and pruning
  • Domestic garden preparation
  • Commercial tree trimmings and pruning
  • Maintenance of existing access ways
  • Removal of driftwood from beach and shore areas

    The following IS NOT ALLOWED to be burned:

  • Articles during rain, fog or snowing conditions
  • Grass, hay, leaves and pine needles
  • Residential, industrial or commercial land clearing for site or road development
  • Reduction of whole trees and stumps
  • Reduction of material other than natural wood
  • Reduction of construction or demolition materials

Open burning must be accomplished in accordance with the following:

  • Without causing a nuisance
  • With smoke minimizing starters
  • On land proximate to the place of generation of such material or a at a place specifically designated on the permit
  • At a location greater than 75 feet from any dwelling
  • This permit is valid for the burning season and verbal authorization must be obtained by phone on the day you wish to burn
  • A responsible person must be in attendance at all times while the fire is burning

Infraction to the above regulations may result in revocation of a permit and cancellation of open burning for the remainder of the open burning season for any violators.


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