Open burning is allowed from January 15th to May 1st between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open burning must be located on land proximate to the place of generation, and a location greater than 75 feet from any dwelling.
For Open Burning the following conditions MUST BE MET:
- Possession of a valid permit from the Stoneham Fire Department.
- To obtain a permit call the fire department on any day open burning is to be conducted and provide your name, address, location and type of materials to be burned.
- Permits will be issued verbally and a written record of the permit will be kept at the fire department.
Such permits may not be valid for more than one day. Permits will be granted on a day-to-day basis with weather conditions considered if it’s appropriate to burn that day. The Stoneham Fire Department reserves the right to reject/cancel and burning permit issued.
- Open Burning must be conducted:
- During periods of good atmospheric ventilation
- Without causing a nuisance
- With smoke minimizing starters if used
Open burning permits may be issued for:
- Training or research in fire protection or prevention with specific approval by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.
- Activities associated with the normal pursuit of agriculture, which has been determined by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection as necessary.
- Open burning of brush and trees resulting from agriculture land clearing operations.
- Disposal of brush, cane, driftwood, and forestry debris – excluding grass, hay, leaves, and stumps.