Burning Season Regulations

Open Burning Season Starts January 15 and Ends May 1 

2023 Open Burning Season has ended. Please check back in December to apply for a 2024 Open Burning Permit.

Permit Required from the Fire Department

You must have authorization to burn yard waste in Agawam. Once obtained, authorization is valid for the entire burning season (January 15th to May 1st) and will allow you burn throughout the season provided conditions are safe. The processing fee is $10.00 annually. Apply for burning permits and pay online using the link above. There is an additional $2.00 fee for using your credit card. There is an additional $0.50 fee if you pay using a check online. You can avoid additional fees if you apply in person at Fire Headquarters, 800 Main Street, Agawam, MA between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM Monday through Friday.

Confirmation Number

Once the application is processed, you will be issued a confirmation number; save this number. You must contact the Agawam Fire Department at 413-786-2662 after 9:30 a.m. on days you wish to burn to ensure that conditions are safe. You will be asked for your confirmation number at that time. If dry or windy conditions exist or are likely then you will not be permitted to burn.

Burning Regulations

Open burning must be a minimum of 75 feet from all buildings, must be conducted between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and must take place on the land closest to the source of material to be burned according to Department of Environmental Protection regulations (310 CMR DEP 7.07).

All open burning activities must comply with NFPA 1 10.11.3, 10.11.4 and 310 CMR 7.07.

PLEASE NOTE: Permits issued in accordance with M.G.L. c. 148 s. 13 and 310 CMR 7.07 are for the burning of residential yard waste. Burning materials on commercial property or as part of a commercial operation or land clearing operation is NOT AUTHORIZED.

View information about what materials can be burned and what materials are prohibited