Open Burning Changes as of May 2010
Open burning is the burning of any matter, where smoke and other emissions are released directly into the ambient air without passing through an adequate stack or flue.
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (D.E.E.P.) and your local fire department limit open burning for public health and safety reasons. Open burning pollutes the air and can make it difficult for people with respiratory problems to breathe. Open burning can also create smoke and odor nuisances as well as health risks to nearby residents, particularly in densely populated areas.
The D.E.E.P. encourages the use of recycling and alternate methods for disposal of brush and other types of solid waste:
Permits for Open BurningOpen burning of any kind is strictly regulated by Connecticut law. A written "burn permit" must first be obtained before any resident of Connecticut can kindle an outside fire for the purpose of disposing of brush and similar vegetation. Residents of Tolland should be aware of the following restrictions and procedures.
What Can Be Burned?Residents may only burn brush and similar vegetation. Due to weather conditions, all burning may be prohibited at some times.
What Can Not Be Burned?Residents may not burn leaves, grass clippings, stumps, garbage, household waste, tires, construction debris and trash of any description.
Where Can A Burning Permit Be Obtained?Burning permits are only available at the Fire House located off of RT 195 on Rhodes Road. The permits will be issued in one week increments. Permits will not be issued at night or on weekends; no exceptions. Please only obtain a permit if you are going to use it and please try and limit how many times you receive a permit in a season. There are no charges for these permits right now but there may soon be.
When Should I Apply For A Burning Permit?Permits will be issued one week prior to being activated and will be valid for the following week. You no longer will be able to burn on the same day you receive your permit. Permits will be valid from Monday through Sunday during each weekly period. Burn permits can be requested Monday thru Friday between the hours of 8am and 4pm, excluding holidays or if staff are out on emergencies. There are no charges for these permits right now but there may soon be.
How Do I Activate My Permit?
Before igniting a fire, the permittee must check Fire Index and Air Quality Index at the State of Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection's (D.E.E.P.) web-site Forest Fire Danger Index
Air Quality Index
to see if burning is allowed in the region, this must be done each time. Do not call 911, the Dispatch Center or any of the fire houses for this approval.
Permit RestrictionsAll burn permits are issued subject to the following restrictions and conditions: