Open Burning Permits

Click the Open Burning Permits online application, where you will be asked to provide some basic information that includes your name, address, telephone number, and location of the brush pile you want to burn.  The online application is available and active from January 15 through May 1.

  • Permits are only issued between 8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on the day you want to burn
  • You must request a permit for each day you want to burn
  • No permits are issued in advance due to the potential for changing weather conditions
  • Massachusetts only allows residents to burn brush between January 15 and May 1
  • On days when open burning is not permitted due to weather conditions, the online application will be disabled

All open burning fires must be started by 1 p.m. and fully extinguished by 4 p.m.  Failure to follow these rules can result in the revocation of your permit for the remainder of the open burning season. There is no fee for this permit.

Learn about Open Burning Safety here.  This page contains information on the following areas:

  • Open Burning Permits & Restrictions
  • Safety Tips for Open Burning
  • Why Does MassDEP Prohibit Open Burning on “No Burn” Days
  • Outdoor Wood Fired Boilers and Outdoor Wood Burning Devices
  • What Can I Burn
  • How Do I Safely Start & Tend a Fire
  • What Times are Best for Open Burning
  • What are the Alternatives to Open Burning
  • What about Fire Pits

Goshen residents who do not want to use the online application must call the Goshen Fire Department business line, listed at left, to schedule an inspection and receive a written permit.  Inspections of your brush pile will only be completed on Friday mornings, so please plan accordingly.  People who use the online application do not have to go through this inspection process.

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