Guidelines For Open Burning Of Brush

  • The homeowner must sign the permit and is responsible for burning. Facsimile of permit, signed within 48 hours prior to permit date will be accepted. (Fax #: 860-868-3103)
  • Permits will be issued to residents only for the property on which they reside. Permits will not be issued for land clearing if there is no residence on the property.
  • Permit is issued for the burning of brush only. Brush is considered branches or cuttings (no leaves) fewer than three (3) inches in diameter. Anything larger is illegal to burn. ALL processed wood is illegal to burn regardless of placement in a barrel or otherwise.
  • Brush piles should be no larger than 5 feet wide x 10 feet long x 5 feet high.
  • Burning must be conducted between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on a sunny to partly sunny day with a wind speed no less than 5 mph and no greater than 15 mph.
  • Burning must NOT take place (a) during an advisory of threatening atmospheric conditions or any other air pollution emergency episode or (b) during a period when forest fire danger is high or extreme if the open burning is within 100 feet of a woodland or a grassland adjacent to a woodland.
  • No objectionable odors or excessive smoke may be created. All reasonable measures to assure complete combustion are to be taken.
  • All safety precautions are to be taken -- including the clearing of grass and trees, wetting down of the surrounding areas and placing fire extinguishers.
  • Burning permit must be available at all times at the site of the burn.
  • Burning must cease if so directed by the Open Burning Official, Fire Marshall, Fire or Police Department Officer or any DEP official.
  • Fire must be tended to at all times until it is completely extinguished.
  • Burning without a permit is illegal.
  • Burning after hours is illegal.

Burning without a Permit is considered a criminal act and may be punishable by fine or arrest. The Burning Official may revoke any permit or add conditions if circumstances indicate.