Open burning season is from January 15th - May 1st, weather permitting.

 Burning is only allowed between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM.

  • Open burning must be done at least 75 feet from all dwellings.
  • An adult must be with the fire at all times.
  • Have a garden hose or water source as well as a rake readily available.
  • Only brush, cane, driftwood, and forestry debris can be burned. No burning of trash, grass, hay, leaves, stumps, tires or full size trees will be allowed.
  • You must call the station each day you intend to burn. High winds or extremely dry conditions will negate open burning.


You must get a permit from the Goshen Fire Department before burning anything. Starting in 2012, the process to obtain that permit has been automated. The online system will be available on this website between January 15th and May 1st and will be 'open' between 8:30AM and 1:00PM each day open burning is allowed. The way the system is set up, no permits will be issued before or after that 5 1/2 hour period.

A permit needs to be requested each day you wish to burn. On days where open burning is not being permitted because of weather conditions, the system will be disabled.

Fires need to be started by noon and fully extinguished by 4PM. Failure to follow these rules can result in the revokation of your permit for the remainder of the open burning season.

There is no fee for this permit.

Automated Open Burning Permit Process 

No.   Each town in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is allowed one bonfire per year by state law.   Your chances of securing permission are very small.  Any permitted requires the  supervision by Department personnel until extinguished.

That depends upon what you (and your neighbors) call a "campfire." A small open-air fire in a pit (no more than 3' wide), distant from a tree line or overhead combustibles (like tree branches) for the purpose of cooking hot dogs and marshmallows is probably all right. However, upon the complaint of a neighbor or even a passerby, we are required to investigate and possibly order the fire extinguished. Your best long-term option is to build on outdoor barbeque or let your neighbors know your intentions.