Fire Rescue & Emergency Management

Brush Burning

Brush Burning  January 15th to May 1st 2019

Open Burning Requirements & Responsibilities

Open burning under poor atmospheric conditions can create a smoke nuisance, aggravate health and respiratory conditions. If not done properly and controlled, it can also endanger life, real property, and woodlands. For these reasons, open burning is closely regulated in Massachusetts by multiple regulatory organizations.

You must obtain a PERMIT for any open burning from the Northborough Fire Department, 11 Pierce Street. There is no charge for the burning permit.

Burning rules include:

Brush, cane, driftwood, forestry debris, agriculture-related materials, agricultural land clearing only. A form of extinguishment such as a garden hose has to be within reach in order to burn and the fire must be attended at all times. Fungus-infected elm-wood are allowed under the following conditions:

Burning must be at least 75 feet from any dwellings.

Burning must be carried out between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily.

Burning must take place on land closest to the source of the material to be burned.

Burning of the following materials is prohibited and may subject you to revocation of your permit and/or a fine:

Grass, hay, leaves, and stumps


Construction materials and lumber

Stacking, placing, or storing combustible material such that the department may presume that it will be burned.

Failure to obtain a burning permit.

Failure to fully extinguish the fire by 4 p.m. daily.

Failure to control/contain the fire.

EACH day of burning, you must email, or call (508) 393-1537 between 9:15 A.M. and noon on the day you wish to burn

If emailing type in the subject line your complete permit number, address and phone number. Please allow 10 to 15 minutes for an auto response letting you know if it is acceptable to burn for the day.

***Please note that you must provide this information in the subject line for your permit to be valid***

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Chief David L. Parenti Fire Chief (508)-393-1540
Lorraine Cain Administrative Assistant (508)-393-1540
Michael Borowiec Hazardous Materials Assistant (508)-393-1540
Captain Fred Hurst Fire Prevention Officer (508)-393-1537