Permit Information *NEW* 2024

HUNTINGTON  — Chief Joshua Ellinger and the Huntington Fire Department would like to share with Huntington residents that open burning season begins Jan. 15 and runs through May 1. Open Burning is only permitted on the weekends and a permit is required to open burn in compliance with Massachusetts law. 


Residents can begin applying for a burn and/or agricultural permit today by creating an account via the department’s new burn permit portal: Once you are registered, you can apply for your permit online. Residents will receive an email notifying them when their permit is approved. 

If conditions are unsafe for burning, such as high winds or drought, a notification will be posted on the homepage.

Individuals who don’t have access to a computer should call the Huntington Fire Department at (413) 512-5212 for assistance with their burn permit application.

Open Burning: 

Burning must be done: 

  • Saturday & Sunday ONLY, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., from Jan. 15 to May 1
  • At least 75 feet from all buildings
  • As close as possible to the source of material being burned

Residents are allowed to burn:

  • Brush, cane, driftwood and forestry debris (but not from commercial or industrial land clearing)
  • Agricultural materials including fruit tree and bush prunings, raspberry stalks, and infected bee hives for disease control
  • Trees and brush from agricultural land clearing
  • Fungus-infected elm wood, if no other acceptable means of disposal is available

Residents may not burn:

  • Leaves
  • Brush, trees, cane or driftwood from commercial or industrial land clearing
  • Grass, hay, leaves, stumps or tires
  • Construction materials or demolition debris
  • Household trash

What times are best for open burning?

  • You can help prevent wildland fires by burning early in the season. Wet and snowy winter conditions help hinder the rapid spread of fire on or under the ground.
  • Changing weather conditions and increased fire danger in spring can lead to many days when open burning is not allowed.
  • April is usually the worst month for brush fires. When snow recedes, but before new growth emerges, last year’s dead grass, leaves and wood are dangerous tinder. Winds also tend to be strong and unpredictable in April.

For more information on open burning in Massachusetts, visit