Online Application for Open Burning Permits
Franklin County, Massachusetts

Permits are only issued between 8:30 AM and 1:00 PM. Previously, burning permits were available beginning at 7:30 AM. The time change was necessary to comply with Massachusetts Department of Environment Protection air quality regulations.

Background

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.

Regulations

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. In Erving, contact the fire department at either 413-824-7189 or 413-824-8037.

The following towns that do not offer permits online

Greenfield, Turners Falls, Hawley, Monroe, 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.

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.

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


Questions? Email fcburnpermits@gmail.com.

If you have problems using this system, please contact your town directly to obtain a permit.

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