Open Burning Information

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Open brush burning in Massachusetts is regulated by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and enforced by the local Fire Department. Brush burning season starts January 15 through May 1.  A valid permit obtained (online or in person) from the Holden Fire Department is required. Permits are $20 for the season.

Permits are obtained by using the online system below or applying in person at Fire Headquarters from 8:30 a.m - 4:00 p.m. daily through May 1.

NOTE: Open burning begins at 10:00 a.m. All fires shall be extinguished by 4:00 p.m. Firefighters will conduct spot checks during burning season. The Fire Chiefs reserve the right to deny open burning on any day due to weather or environmental conditions.

1. Apply for a permit at Fire Headquarters between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Administration Division will assist you in purchasing a permit.

2. Buy a permit online:
Click here to obtain your permit by filling out the form online.  To obtain your permit online, you will need:

  1) Valid credit card
  2) Email address
  3) Agree to terms & conditions of the open burning regulations
  4) Pay $20* fee online

Permits are valid through May 1.  You will be assigned a permit number which will be required each time you burn. You must activate the permit each time you burn by clicking this link: to activate your permit click here, between 4:00 p.m. the day before up until 9:00 a.m. the day of brush burning.


Call the Fire Department voice mail at (508) 210-5650 ext. 7 the day before burning or morning of burn before 9:00 a.m. Leave your name, date, address, and burn permit number. This is voice mail only system.

Additional Information on open brush burning can be found here.

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