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Open Burning Season Has Begun, Permits Now Available

The open burning season began on Monday. Find out how to get a permit.

Open burning season started on Monday and runs through May 1.

In Hamilton, permits are available in person at the fire station. In Wenham, there are two ways to get a burning permit.

Residents can stop by the Wenham fire station between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon, Monday through Friday or on Saturdays from 8-10 a.m. to get a permit.

Permits are now available online, too, on the Fire Department’s website. To get a permit online, a valid credit card and email address are needed and applicants need to agree to the terms and conditions of the open burning regulations.

A permit costs $20 or $10 for seniors and is good for the entire burning season. At the station, checks or money orders are payable to the town of Wenham. Online, an additional $3 ($2.50 for seniors) convenience fee applies to all credit card transactions.

This permit will be valid through May 1, when open burning season ends.

After a permit is issued, the permit holder still needs to call in each day with the assigned permit number, which is required each time the permit is activated during the burning season.

To activate the permit, either call the Wenham fire station at 978-468-5510 between 8 a.m. and noon on the day you want to burn, where you will be asked for your permit number.

Or you can go online to the Fire Department’s website, click on “burning permit” and then click on “daily activation.”

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