Requirements & Responsibilities

Open burning is the burning of any material out-of-doors. Open burning releases large amounts of carbon monoxide and other gaseous and solid substances directly into the atmosphere. Open burning causes air pollution and aggravates respiratory problems. Under poor atmospheric conditions, open burning creates a smoke and odor nuisance, as well as a health threat to area residents, especially in densely populated areas. For these reasons, open burning is restricted in Massachusetts.

You must obtain a permit for open burning from your local fire department or fire warden. The only time a permit is not necessary is for cooking purposes.

Acceptable Burning Materials

Brush, cane, driftwood, and forestry debris from activities other than commercial or industrial land clearing operations are acceptable (with a permit) from January 15th  through May 1st.