Open Burning in Massachusetts is regulated by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and enforced by the local Fire Department. Open burning season runs from Jan 15 – May 1. A valid permit obtained from the Abington fire department is required. The Fire Chief reserves the right to deny open burning on any day due to weather or environmental conditions.
Please note, MA DEP can prohibit all open burning throughout the Commonwealth on days that are not favorable for public health. The link above will explain these restrictions.
The Abington Fire Department will begin issuing open burning permits beginning on January 15. There is no cost for the burn permit.
Obtaining a Permit for Open Burning:
You can obtain your open burning permit in one of two ways:
1. Click here to obtain your permit by filling out the form online. To obtain your permit online, you will need to agree to the terms and conditions of the open burning regulations. This permit will be valid through May 1st. You will be assigned a permit number which will be required each time you activate it during the burning season.
2. We encourage you to obtain your burning permit online. However, if you are unable to obtain a permit online, you must register and obtain the rules from the Fire Station located at 1040 Bedford Street (free of charge). Fire personnel will then enter your information and issue you a permit number. You MUST retain this number. You will not be allowed to burn without a permit number.
Daily Activation of Your Permit:
Each day you wish to burn, you must activate your permit. This can be done in one of two ways:
1. Click Here to log into our daily permit application activation page. If burning is allowed, you will need to input and submit your permit number. If you use the online application, you do not need to call the Fire Department.
2. . We encourage you to activate your permit online, however if necessary, you may also contact the Abington Fire Department each day between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at 781-982-2114 to obtain permission to burn for the day. You MUST have your permit number. If you do not have your permit number, you will not be allowed to burn.
The Abington Fire Department may alter, limit, restrict or cancel permits because of drought, equipment problems or apparatus out of service. Burning will be allowed from 10:00 am until 3:00 PM. All fires must be OUT by 3:00.
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