To qualify, the applicant must:
1. reside upon the property where the open burning is to occur (farmers are generally exempt);
2. must be an owner of that property or must have an owner sign the application along with the applicant
(farmers are generally exempt);
3. must be physically able to control the fire;
4. must have a means available instantly to control and extinguish the fire;
5. must have an approved permit upon his person during the burning; and
6. must have an address house number clearly visible in compliance with the Town House Numbering
Ordinance (farmers are generally exempt);
The proposed open burning project itself must meet certain minimum conditions. Specific conditions are set out
in the Town Open Burning Ordinance.
1. The material to be burned must be brush and/or tree trimmings only, not larger than
three (3) inches in diameter (farmers may burn other vegetation under certain conditions);
2. leaves, tree trunk parts, stumps, demolition debris, grass clippings, garden vegetation and other
materials are not permitted (farmers see #1, above) and will result in denial of the application;
3. the pile(s) must be constructed and ready for inspection prior to actual application for a Permit- this
prevents non-productive site visits by the Inspector;
4. the size and number of pile(s) should be suitable to the general area so as to prevent any disturbances
to neighbors, the motoring public, etc., because complaints will result in the Permit being declared null
5. clearances of the pile(s) from each other, from property lines, from other combustible materials, and
from overhead trees must be properly maintained.
Applicants should understand that when a permit application is approved, the Permit is issued only for the dates
set down on that Permit. Careful consideration should be given to the dates requested. However, there is no
guarantee that the dates you are assigned will be the dates requested. If the applicant cannot burn due to other
matters requiring his/her attention or an unsuitable fire index or unsuitable weather the Permit expires and becomes
null and void. The Permit cannot be extended except for extenuating circumstances. Therefore, applicants applying
during the high hazard period, generally considered to be mid March through June, should consider this carefully.
Alternative methods may be appropriate.
Even with an approved Permit, weather conditions are an important part of whether or not an applicant can actually
burn. Wind must be between 5 and 15 mph and it must be a sunny or partly sunny day. You cannot burn before
10:00 am or after 5:00 pm. The air quality index must be less than 75 and the forest fire index cannot be higher
than “Moderate”. It is your responsibility to ascertain these indexes by utilizing the information presented upon the
Open Burning Permit. While it is often considered easier to burn materials than to chip in place or haul to the Town
Brush Dump, the legal parameters for burning are such that it may require more than one permit and several
adjustments to an applicant’s schedule to actually accomplish the burning. Serious consideration should be given
to chipping the material in place or hauling (or hiring another to haul) the brush to the brush dump on Hoffman
Road. The hours of service may be obtained by reviewing the Town Report or by calling Public Works (860-870-
It may take several days to process an application and return via U.S. Mail an approved permit to the applicant.
Sufficient time must be allowed for this process. Recommended lead time is 7 working days.
Your signature on the application form certifies that you have read and understand the material presented
within this entire application packet. It also authorizes an Inspector to enter upon the subject property
without an appointment and without your attendance for the purpose of processing this application.