The open burning of brush is allowed only from January 15 to May 1. This is the only time you may apply for a permit.
Several conditions must be met for burning to take place including:
- A Permit must be applied for and received before any burning.
- No grass, hay, leaves, stumps, construction material, tires, paper, or rubbish may be burned at any time. No land site or clearing debris may be burned.
- All open fires must be located more than 75 feet from any building or structure (including wooden, plastic, or vinyl fences).
- Accelerants such as gasoline, propane, or any other volatile gas or liquid used to start a fire are prohibited.
- Burning is allowed only between the hours of 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM, with all fires ignited before 2:00 PM and extinguished by 4:00 PM.
- All fires must be attended to by a person 18 years or older, accompanied by a charged garden hose, or other acceptable means of extinguishment.
- Open burning may be conducted during periods of good atmospheric ventilation and without causing a nuisance. If at any time the National Weather Service or the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation declare a "Red Flag Warning" or " High Fire Danger", burning is suspended until which time the warning or danger is lifted.
The fire department shift commander will determine existing predicted weather conditions before 9:00 AM each day. On the day you wish to burn, call 781-698-4700 and select option 8, after 9:00 AM. A recording will inform you if burning is allowed that day. Following the message, you will be asked to record your permit number.
A permit shall be produced on request of a fire or police official; failure to do so will result in the extinguishment of the fire. Permits can be revoked at any time.
The burn permit application can be found here.