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Open Burning Information
Open Burning in Massachusetts is regulated by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and enforced by the local Fire Department.  Open burning season runs from Jan 15 – April 30.  A valid permit obtained from the local fire department is required.  The Fire Chief reserves the right to deny open burning on any day due to weather or environmental conditions.

The fee for an open burning permit is $10/year.

If you provided us with an email when you applied for your permit, you should receive an email with your new permit number.  Please be aware the email will come from

Obtaining a Permit for Open Burning:

You can obtain your open burning permit in one of two ways:

1.  Stop by the Central Fire Station between the hours of 9am and 12pm.  You will be issued a permit upon receipt of the $10 fee.  (Make checks/money orders payable to the Town of Georgetown).  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.


Click Here 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 $10* fee online (*an additional $2.50 convenience fee applies to all credit card transactions).  This permit will be valid through April 30th.  You will be assigned a permit number which will be required each time you activate it during the burning season.

Daily Activation of Your Permit:

Each day you wish to burn, you must activate your permit.  This can be done in one of two ways:

1.  Call the Central Fire Station at 978.352.5757 between the hours of 9:30am and 12pm the day you wish to burn.  You will be asked for your permit number.  Please have this number handy when you call.


2.  Click Here to log into our daily permit application activation page.  If burning is allowed, you will need to input and submit your permit number.  If you use the online application, you do not need to call the fire station

If you pick up your permit at the fire station, as long as you provide a valid email address you can activate your permit daily through the online application.  The $2.50 convenience fee only applies to credit card purchases.

Any questions on open burning should be directed to Chief Albert Beardsley ( or 978.352.5757

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