Open Burning

Open burning is limited to the burning of brush only, on residential property, upon which the permittee resides. Open burning is allowed within the Bloomfield Center Fire District at certain times and is regulated by Connecticut General Statutes Section 22a-174(f) and the guidelines of the CT DEEP. The statute allows open burning when a permit is issued.

Open Burning Permit

An open burning permit may be applied for at Fire District Headquarters, located at 18 Wintonbury Avenue, between 8 am and 4 pm Monday thru Friday. There is no charge to obtain a permit at the present time. Once a permit has been applied for, a member of the Fire Marshal’s Office will set up a time to go inspect the site where the burning will occur and review the rules and regulations. The permit will be good for a period of one week.

Download Burning Permit

Rules and Regulations

  • The permittee/applicant shall reside on the property where the burning is to take place. 
  • Burning shall be allowed from 10am to 5pm. The fire must be fully extinguished by 5 pm. 
  • Prior to burning, you must call the Dispatch Office at (860) 242-1779, after 9:30 am to check if burning is allowed on that day. 
  • Burning will only be permitted on a sunny or partly sunny day when the wind speed is less than 15mph. 
  • Burning shall only take place when the Forest Fire Danger is low or moderate. 
  • Burning will not be allowed when state ambient air quality standards may be exceeded. 
  • Only brush less than 3 inches in diameter may be burned. 
  • Brush piles shall be no larger than 3 feet wide x 5 feet long x 3 feet high. 
  • The burning of leaves, grass clippings, stumps, construction debris, household waste, tires, and trash of any description shall be prohibited. 
  • The area shall be cleared and wet down prior to any burning, 
  • The permittee must be on site at all times burning takes place. Unattended fires will result in the revocation of the permit. 
  • A water source shall be provided at the site. 
  • The written permit shall be available at the site during the actual burn. 
  • Upon complaint of neighbors, concerning excessive smoke or smell, the fire may be ordered extinguished. 
  • Burning shall cease if directed by any member of the Fire Marshal’s Office, Fire Officer or any official of the DEEP. 



REVISED June 2012