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Open Burning Information

Open brush burning in Massachusetts is regulated by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and enforced by the local Fire Department. Open burning season begins January 15th through May 1st.  A valid permit obtained from the Holden Fire Department is required. The Fire Chief reserves the right to deny open burning on any day due to weather or environmental conditions. If the weather is windy/high winds, please call the the Fire Department at 508-210-5650 to determine if open burning is permitted for the day.

The Holden Fire Department has an online system to obtain brush burn permits (see below):

The fees are as follows:

$20-open burn permit (applied in person & online)-valid through May 1st

NOTE: Open burning begins at 10:00AM. All fires will be extinguished by 4:00PM. Firefighters will conduct spot checks during burning season!


Obtain a permit two ways!

1.  Visit Fire Headquarters between 8:30AM and 4:00PM Monday – Friday. The Fire Administration Division will assist you in obtaining a permit.. You will be assigned a permit number which will be required each time you activate it during the burning season.


2. Buy your permit online:
Click here to obtain your permit by filling out the form online.  To obtain your permit online, you will need a valid credit card, email address, agree to the terms and conditions of the open burning regulations, and pay the $20* fee online.  This permit will be valid through May 1st.  You will be assigned a permit number which will be required each time you activate it during the burning season.


Each day you burn, you must activate your permit!   This can be done two ways:

1. If you have a Seasonal Permit, Click Here to log into our daily permit application activation page.  You will need to enter and submit your permit number.  If you use the online application, you do not need to call the fire station.


2.  Call the Fire Department at (508) 210-5650 the previous day you wish to burn, or call before 9:30 AM the morning you are burning. Please be ready to give Fire personnel your name, address,phone number, and  and burn permit number.  

For assistance, please contact Fire Headquarters at (508) 210-5650

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