Online Application for Open Burning Permits
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.
Massachusetts allows residents to burn brush between January 15 and May 1, depending on weather conditions. You must obtain permission from the town in which you plan to burn brush.
Some towns in Berkshite County offer burning permits through this site. If you are burning in these towns, you can visit this site between 8:30 AM and 1:00 PM to obtain a permit on the day you want to burn brush. Permit availability on a given day will depend on weather conditions.
- 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 a permit and/or set, maintain or increase a 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
Obtain a daily permit online, if you are burning brush in one of the following towns:
- Dalton (see note below)
- Great Barrington
- New Marlborough
In Dalton, you must first visit the fire station between 8 am and 2 pm and pay a $5 fee for the season.
The remaining towns in Berkshire County do not use this system. Please contact your town hall for additional information.
You must have internet access and a valid email address to use this system. If problems with this website prevent you from obtaining a permit, you can also request a permit over the phone. To request a permit,
- In Blandford, call Fire Chief Ed Harvey at (413) 848-4279, extension 600.
- In Becket, call Fire Chief Mark Hanford at (413) 627-0397.
- In Dalton, call the fire station at 413-684-0500.
- In Great Barrington, call the Great Barrington Fire Station at (413) 528-1319.
- In Hancock, go to either Bob's Campers (Monday - Saturday, 9 - 10 AM) or Green Valley Equipment (Tuesday - Thursday, 8 - 10 AM). All others please call the Chief at (413) 496-2430.
- In Lanesborough, call the fire station at (413) 443-2321 and leave a message, if necessary.
- In Lee call Fire Chief Alan Sparks at 413-243-2100.
- In Lenox, call the Lenox Fire Department at (413) 637-2345.
- In Monterey, call 413-528-1734 and follow the prompts.
- In New Marlborough, visit the Mill River General Store or call (413) 229-0246.
- In Peru, call Berkshire Sheriff's Control at (413) 445-4559.
- In Pittsfield, call the City of Pittsfield Fire Alarm at (413) 448-9770 or (413) 448-9761.
- In Richmond, call Chief Traver at (413) 531-8837.
- In Sheffield, call (413) 229-7034 and leave a message.
- In Stockbridge call Fire Chief Chuck Cardillo at (413) 717-2751.
- In Windsor, call Dalton Communications at 413-684-0500.
- In Cheshire, call one of the following:
- Tom Francesconi - 413-743-1957
- Jason Mendonca - 413-743-2429
- Mike Biagini - 413-281-9131
- Shawn Martin - 413-743-5025
- Kim Martin - 413-743-5168
- Corey Swistak - 413-743-3279
- Or, on weekdays call the highway department at 413-743-3376 between the hours of 10 am and 3:30 pm and leave a message
- The rest of Berkshire County does not use this system. Please contact your town directly to obtain a permit.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have problems using this system, please contact your town directly to obtain a permit.
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