Online Application for Open Burning Permits
Franklin County, Massachusetts

Permits are only issued between 8:30 AM and 1:00 PM. Previously, burning permits were available beginning at 7:30 AM. The time change was necessary to comply with Massachusetts Department of Environment Protection air quality regulations.


Massachusetts allows residents to burn brush between January 15 and May 1, depending on weather conditions. You must obtain permission from the town or fire district in which you plan to burn brush. Many towns in Franklin County offer burning permits through this system. The permits are free of charge, but availability depends on weather conditions.


How to obtain a permit

For most towns in Franklin County

Obtain a permit online using this system or call the Franklin County Dispatcher. Permits are available during the burning season, subject to weather conditions.

You must have internet access and a valid email address to use this system. If you cannot use the online system, please call the Franklin County Dispatcher (Shelburne Control) at (413) 625-8200. The dispatcher can also issue burning permits. In Erving, contact the fire department at 413-824-4078.

The following towns do not offer permits through this system

See City of Greenfield Brush Burning Permits.

Turners Falls
Contact the Turners Falls Fire District at 413-863-9023.

Contact the Hawley Fire Chief at 413-339-5526 or his assistants at 339-8650 or 339-5592.

Contact the Monroe Fire Chief at 413-424-5272.

Contact the Town of Orange Fire Department for more information.

Questions? Email

If you have problems using this system, please contact your town directly to obtain a permit.

Log In