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
- 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.
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.
|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.