Brush building up on your Falmouth property? Open burning permits will be available online starting Thursday, January 1. Falmouth residents may purchase their permit online using a debit card, electronic check or credit card--cash is not accepted.
To purchase a permit, enter the town's online e-permit system and search by owner name, parcel legal address or section/block/lot. After reading and agreeing to the terms and conditions, residents may purchase their burning permits. Resident senior permits are $5 and resident/non-resident permits are $10, according to the Falmouth Fire Department fee page.
Only domestic or commercial tree trimmings and brush, driftwood or storm debris (branches) may be burned. Leaves, grass and construction or demolition debris may not be burned, according to the state Fire Marshal. Burning must be done a minimum of 75 feet from all buildings.
The open burning season is from Thursday, January 15 to Friday, May 1. Daily burn authorization is required by calling the Falmouth Fire Department's non-emergency line at 508-495-2506 between 9:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. Calls will not be accepted before 9:30 a.m. or after 12 p.m.
For a complete list of what can and cannot be burned, visit the state Fire Marshal's open burning page here. According to the Fire Marshal, all but 22 communities in Massachusetts allow open burning. All towns on the Cape allow residents to burn between Jan. 15 and May 1 with proper permits.
In addition to burning permits, Falmouth residents may purchase tent permits, permits to rent and dumpster or alterations permits via the online e-permit system.