DEEP: Open Burning

Open Burning

Open Burning Complaints
Nuisance Smoke & Odor  
In the case of an emergency please call 911 or your local Fire Department.
The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) and your local municipality limit open burning for public health and safety reasons. Open burning is defined as the burning of any matter in such a manner that the products of combustion resulting from the burning are emitted directly into the ambient air without passing through a stack or flue. Open burning pollutes the air and can make it difficult for people with respiratory problems to breathe, particularly for those in densely populated areas. Open burning can create nuisance odors and smoke that may adversely affect your neighbors. Loss  of control in the midst of open burning can result in forest fire and destruction of property. When conducting any type of burning, the utmost caution must be exercised to prevent injury to yourself or family members, and to prevent damage to your home or any neighboring properties.
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A pile of illegally burned material. The owner/town was subsequently issued a Notice of Violation by DEEP. 
Residents looking to burn must have a valid and signed permit from their local Open Burning Official. Cities and towns looking to burn brush at their DEEP permitted landfill, transfer station, or recycling center must have a valid and signed open burning permit from DEEP.
Open burning is not allowed to clear land prior to construction activities. In addition, open burning cannot be used as a means to dispose of construction debris, household trash, or leaves.
Open burning is not allowed if: the Air Quality Index (AQI) is forecasted to be 75 or higher anywhere in the state; the Forest Fire Danger Index is rated High, Very High, or Extreme; national or state ambient air quality standards may be exceeded; a hazardous health condition might be created; or there is an advisory from DEEP of any air pollution episode.
To learn more about the different types of open burning, the requirements that must be met before, during and after open burning, the alternatives to open burning, and the training available, please select from the links below.
Residential Open Burning
View information on the restrictions, conditions, & permitting, required for open burning on residential property.
View information on the restrictions, conditions, training & permitting, required for open burning by municipalities.
Learn about and access the CT Open Burning Training Program which assists municipalities in meeting the certification requirements for Open Burning Officials.
View information on the burning of non-processed wood for campfires, bonfires, chimineas & other similar devices.
Learn how to reduce the impact of wood smoke particles which result from burning wood in a OWF or woodstove.
Alternatives to Open Burning:
Content Last Updated on October 1, 2013