Burn Permit Information

Do you need a burn permit?
It's The Law - RSA 227-L:17(II)
Anyone who wishes to burn clean, ordinary combustibles such as leaves, brush or untreated lumber, or have a camp or cooking fire must have written permission from the landowner and a fire permit from the local forest fire warden or local fire department in the town or city where the fire will be kindled. You must be at least 18 years of age to obtain a written fire permit.

1. What is going to be burned?
Material must be clean untreated wood and brush. Materials burned cannot exceed 5 inches in diameter. Items that cannot be burned include: plywood, cardboard, trash etc.
2. Where is it going to be burned?
How far from the nearest structure, trees and dead vegetation or overhead phone or power lines? Fire cannot be closer than 50 feet from any structure.

3. When do you want to burn?
Date and time of day. You may only burn from the hours of 5PM to Midnight, unless raining.

4. Is material to be burned material resulting from the demolition of buildings?
Air Resources approval may be required.
5. What is available for fire protection?
A hose, shovel or rake, or bucket of water should be available at the fire. You are liable for the costs of extinguishing the fire if it escapes your control.

6. How much help will you have during the burn?
Your fire must be attended at all times, or completely extinguished. A buried fire is not considered extinguished.

7. Do you own the land where you plan to burn?
If not,  you must have written permission from the landowner.

8. If your fire is declared a nuisance, will you be able to extinguish it?
Air Resources requires that the fire be extinguished if one person complains about the smoke.

9. Are there any tires or tubes in the material to be burned?
Tires, tubes, plastics, shingles and foam rubber are just some of the prohibited materials.

10. NOTICE! Permits issued during rain are void if the rain stops, and the fire must be completely extinguished at that time.
11. Be sure that you fire is completely and totally extinguished. A buried fire is NOT an extinguished fire.
Contact the fire department for details.

The Forest Ranger and the local Warden are needed to issue a commercial permit when no other means of disposal of material is available, such as chipping, hauling to a landfill or other methods of legal disposal. The commercial permit is for contractors who use hired help for the burning of material between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and only needed when the ground is not covered with snow. The permittee will be required to have suppression equipment on site while the burning is being done and the fires will have to be totally extinguished or be constantly attended. Failure for the permittee to follow these requirements or any other restrictions of the fire permit will result in the permit to burn being summarily suspended.