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Burn Permits

  • Online Burning Permit App
  • Online Application for Open Burning Permits
    Franklin County, Massachusetts

     

    Introduction

    Massachusetts allows residents to burn brush between January 15 and May 1, depending on weather conditions. You must obtain permission from the town or fire district in which you plan to burn brush. Many towns in Franklin County offer burning permits through this system. The permits are free of charge, but availability depends on weather conditions.

    Please read the information below, then click here to apply for a permit.

    Regulations

    • You may only burn BRUSH! 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 the permit holder.
    • No person shall set, maintain or increase a fire in open air at any time except by permission.
    • You 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.)
    • Open burning season is January 15 - May 1.
    • Massachusetts Regulation 310 CMR: DEP 7.07 "Open Burning"
    • More information from the Massachusetts DEP.

    How to obtain a permit

    For most towns in Franklin County

    Obtain a permit online using this system or call the Franklin County Dispatcher. Permits are available during the burning season, subject to weather conditions.

    You must have internet access and a valid email address to use this system. If you cannot use the online system, please call the Franklin County Dispatcher (Shelburne Control) at (413) 625-8200. The dispatcher can also issue burning permits.

    For towns that do not offer permits online

    Greenfield, Turners Falls, Erving, Hawley, Monroe, Wendell, and Orange do not currently offer online permits.

    Greenfield
    See City of Greenfield Brush Burning Permits. You must apply in person at the Greenfield Town Hall or the Greenfield Dispatch Center.

    Turners Falls
    Contact the Turners Falls Fire District at 413-863-9023.

    Erving
    Contact the Erving Fire Chief at 413-824-7189 or 413-824-8037.

    Hawley
    Contact the Hawley Fire Chief at 413-339-5526 or his assistants at 339-8650 or 339-5592.

    Monroe
    Contact the Monroe Fire Chief at 413-424-5272.

    Wendell
    Contact the Wendell Fire Department at 978-544-3500.

    Orange
    Contact the Town of Orange Fire Department for more information.


    Questions? Email fcburnpermits@gmail.com.

    If you have problems using this system, please call the Franklin County Dispatcher at (413) 625-8200 to obtain your permit. Please report the technical difficulties to fcburnpermits@gmail.comNote: We cannot issue permits in response to emails. You MUST contact the dispatcher directly to obtain your permit.

     

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