Friday, December 10, 2004
Open burning permit process changes
The fire department has instituted a new procedure for the issuance of open burning permits.
Beginning in December 2004, home owners wishing to obtain an open burning permit for the 2005 season (January 15 - April 30) will need to go to the communications center in the police station located at 41 Lowell Street to register. This will only need to be done once and there will be no fee. The home owners will receive a copy of the "Open Burning Permit Rules & Regulations" and a "Homeowner Registration Form". The registration is completed and a homeowner registration number is assigned. It is recommended that home owners register early. All rules regarding open burning still apply. The process is intended to be much more efficient. Once the homeowner has a registration number, a call to the fire department (1-978-369-1442 ) on the day of desired burning is all that needs to be done to obtain a permit. Home owners must keep the registration that is issued containing the rules and number. Registration numbers are assigned to the homeowner for as long as they reside at the same address. In order to obtain a permit to burn the homeowner must be registered. Remember that local conditions may prohibit open burning on any day. In addition the Department of Environmental Protection may suspend open burning at any time.
Open burning is normally allowed by state regulation between January 15 and April 30 each year.
For questions regarding this process you may call the Fire Prevention office and leave a message at 1-978-287-0072.
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