Open Air Burning

Burning Season – Burning Permits

Open Air Burning is allowed from JANUARY 15th to MAY 1st at the discretion of the Fire Chief or his designee.  
Steps involved in order to burn:

  • Read through all the information below
  • Go to the Norton Fire Department Headquarters at 70 E. Main Street and apply for a Permit
  • You must have a burning permit number in order to burn
  • You will be given a permit number (please keep in a safe place - this does not expire)
  • On the day you want to burn you must first call the Permission to Burn Line (508-285-3341) at the Public Safety Communication Center between 9:15AM and 10AM
  • You will be told if burning is permitted this day.  If it is, you are to give your name, address and permit number

Once you have obtained a permit, it is valid indefinitely throughout the Open Air Burning Season. However,on a day that you wish to burn, you must first call the Permission to Burn Line at the Public Safety Communication Center between 9:15AM and 10AM (508-285-3341) to find out if burning will be allowed for that day.  If burning is allowed, you will need to give your permit number, name and address where the burning will take place to the dispatcher. NOTE: this must be the address on the permit, as the permit is only valid for one location.

Please review these regulations that are printed on your burning permit.

Burning (with a permit) between January 15th and May 1st of the following materials is ALLOWED:

  • Brush, Cane, Driftwood and forestry debris from other than Commercial or Industrial Land Clearing operations under the following conditions:
  • Burning must be at least 75 feet from all dwellings.
  • Burning must be carried out between 10am and 4pm.
  • Burning must take place on land closest to the source being burned.
  • Materials normally associated with the pursuit of agriculture, such as fruit tree trimmings, dead raspberry stalks, blueberry patches for pruning purposes, infected beehives for disease control.
  • Tree and brush resulting from agricultural land clearing.
  • Fungus-infected Elmwood if no other acceptable means of disposal is available.  (Disease free brush is not an acceptable starting aid.)
  • A FUNCTIONAL GARDEN HOSE OR WATER EXTINGUISHER IS REQUIRED AROUND ALL OPEN FIRES.

 Permits are also required for the following activities:

  • Training for research in fire protection or prevention with specific approval by the Department of Environmental Engineering (DEQE)
  • Burning of Christmas trees from December 26th to January 7th of each year.
  • One ceremonial bonfire each year to observe a municipal, state or national event under the supervision of the Fire Department. 
  • Bonfires between July 2nd and July 6th under the supervision of the Fire Department.

 Burning of the following materials is PROHIBITED statewide:

  •  Brush, trees, cane and driftwood from commercial and/or institutional land clearing operations.
  • Grass, hay, leaves, stumps or tires.
  • Burning at landfills for refuse disposal facilities other than approved sights.
  • Stacking, placing or storing combustible material such that the department may presume that it will be burned.

If a fire starts to burn out of control, call 911 immediately!