Open Air Burning

Both air quality and fire safety conditions determine whether conditions are suitable for open burning. Burning is permitted only when both air quality and burning safety conditions are acceptable.

  • The outdoor burning season begins on January 15th and ends on May 1, 2024.
  • Please use the link below to purchase your burning permit.
  • The rules, regulations and hours are all the same as last year. Once you have purchased your permit you must activate it through the same site for each day you plan to burn.
  • Your purchased permit allows for burning at the specific location as often as needed, without purchasing another permit. If you choose to burn at a different location, a new permit must be purchased and activated.
  • Both the Fire Department and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) reserves the right to suspend or restrict outdoor burning on any given day based on the environmental conditions.
  • Please visit the outdoor burning permit link in order to obtain further information.

For those residents who cannot purchase their permit online, we will also offer the option to pay the permit fee at the Collector's office during normal business hours, 8 am to Noon, Monday through Thursday. You will still need to use the computer to activate the permit.

Please contact the Sherborn Fire and Rescue Department during normal business hours at 508-653-3270 with any questions.