Burning Permits & Regulations
To to obtain a Burn Permit:
All requests must be made by calling the Fire Chief at 413-634-5470 before 8:00 pm the day before you want the permit for. If there is no answer, leave a message containing your telephone number. You will receive a return call after 8:30 am the next day. The Department of Eviromental Protection posts every morning if it is allowing open burning for that day.
Burning without a permit will result in a $100.00 fine for the first violation, $500.00 for the second violation, and $1,000.00 for the third violation and any further violations.
Open burning season is January 15 - May 1.
Your permit is for BRUSH ONLY! All other materials are illegal. No leaves, grass, hay, stumps, building debris or any other materials are allowed to be burned.
All open burning must be a minimum of 75 feet from buildings or structures.
Burning will be allowed to start at 10:00am and must be extinguished by 4pm.
Any open fire must be attended at all times by permit holder.
No person shall set, maintain or increase a fire in open air at any time except by permission.
Must be 18 years or older to apply for permit and/or set, maintain or increase fire once permission has been granted by the Fire Department.
You must have an appropriate means to extinguish an open air fire completely at the end of the day or if requested by the Fire Department.
The Fire Department can refuse or cancel a permit at any time. (Example: violation of permit regulations, or change in weather conditions.)
Massachusetts Regulation 310 CMR: DEP 7.07 "Open Burning"
Keep your cell phone with you while burning.
IF AN EMERGENCY DEVELOPS CALL 911.