TAUNTON — Chief Timothy J. Bradshaw announces that the State Open Burning Season will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 15 and run through Thursday, April 30.
Residents must have a permit to conduct open burning. Open burning permits may be obtained online here . You must first register as a user to apply online for a permit.
Open burning permits cannot be obtained at fire stations.
The permits are free.
As always, the Taunton Fire Department urges residents to make safe, responsible decisions and follow safety rules and regulations for open burning. Someone must be in attendance at all times while the fire is burning.
If you have any questions, please call 508-821-1452.
Residents are reminded to always call 911 in case of emergencies.
Outdoor burning is only permitted for brush, cane, driftwood, forestry debris, agricultural debris and — under certain conditions — fungus-infected elm wood. Burning grass, hay, leaves, stumps, and commercial or industrial land clearing for non-agricultural purposes is prohibited.
Violations of the permit requirements, open burning law and/or open burning regulations will be grounds for permit revocation. According to Massachusetts law, anyone found burning without a permit may be subject to criminal charges, the punishment for which is a fine of up to $500, plus the cost of suppression, or by imprisonment for up to one month, or both.