Each year between January 15th and May 1st some Massachusetts communities allow their residents to conduct open burning. It is important to remember that when open burning, you are subject to certain requirements and responsibilities issued and enforced by the State Fire Marshals office, Department of Environmental Protection and your local Fire Department (310 CMR: DEP 7.07). These regulations are there for the safety of you and your neighbors as well as the protection of the environment. The Town of Granville permits open burning of brush with a permit from the Fire Department.
The fire department is dispatched to all 911 reports of smoke or fire. The fire department response is only cancelled after an officer on scene confirms a permitted burn.
The DEP has established the date (1/15 to 5/1) and time period (10 am to 4 pm) at which brush may be burned. This is based on the time at which the atmosphere is best able to accept smoke.
Permits may be sought in advance of the day(s) you wish to burn
There is no fee assessed for burning permits
Permits may be revoked by the fire department at any time due to adverse weather or other concerns that are prohibitive to safe outdoor burning. A fire department official will contact all permit holders if it becomes necessary to cancel burning for a specific day.
Permits may be issued as a hardcopy or electronically. You must keep your written permit and make it available to officials if necessary.
All such open burning is to be conducted:
From January 15th to May 1st of each year
On land proximate to the place of generation
At a location greater than 75 feet from any dwelling
As not to create a nuisance
Between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
The following is PROHIBITED under all circumstances:
Burning of brush, trees, cane and driftwood from commercial or institutional land clearing operations
Burning of grass, hay, leaves, and stumps
Burning of tires
Burning during adverse meteorological conditions
Burning at landfills or refuse disposal facilities other than DEP approved incinerators
Stacking, placing or storing combustible materials such that DEP may presume that it will be burned
New Permitting process:
To obtain a permit please follow the instructions below or watch the short video.
Once you have gotten your permit you just have to call in at 1-(855)-793-1007 between the hours of 8am - 2pm every day to activate you permit. You only need to get one permit for each address for the season.
You can also watch the short instructional video below: