Friday, February 17, 2006
New procedure for obtaining open burning permits
A reminder that the Fire Department has instituted a new procedure for the issuance of open burning permits.
Residents wishing to obtain an open burning permit for the 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. If you registered last year you do not have to register again. Newly registered homeowners receive a copy of the "Open Burning Permit Rules & Regulations" and a "Homeowner Registration Form." The registration is completed and a registration number is assigned. All rules regarding open burning still apply.
The process is intended to be much more efficient. Once a 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. Homeowners 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 anytime. Please note that in accordance with state regulations, open burning may only take place between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Please be aware that state regulations require that all fire be extinguished by 4 p.m. each day. There can be no smoke or hot coals. We receive many complaints regarding this each year. Homeowners who do not observe this regulation will be subject to the loss of their permit privileges.
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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