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Town of Essex, Vermont Burn Permits

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Welcome to the Town of Essex, Vermont Online Open Burn Permit Manager.

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Telephone: (802) 992-1671

Moderate Danger of fire. Carry out permitted fire activities with caution. Remember, everyone is required to call (802) 992-1671 before starting your burn to insure there is not an active restriction.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can obtain a burn permit?

Only residents living in approved areas can obtain a permit. Permits are conditional and may be revoked at any time.

How can I obtain a burn permit?

You may register online using this website, or if you do not have a printer/computer you may visit us the Police Department for assistance.

What can I burn?

You can only burn brush, grass, natural unpainted, unstained and untreated dimension lumber and wood products.

Do I need a permit?

If you want to have an open-air fire (bonfire, burn pile, etc.) then yes, you need an approved permit. If you are having a barbecue a permit is not required.

Which permit do I need, Open or Bonfire?

An open permit is required for daytime burning of yard debris and general clean up. A bonfire permit is for special occasions/celebrations and is allowed to burn into the evening hours.

I applied for a permit and it says "Pending - Site Visit Required", what do I do next?

Bonfire permits require a representative of the Fire Department to inspect your proposed bonfire location prior to a burn being approved. Once a permit is requested, someone will be in contact with you to schedule a on-site visit.

How do I activate my permit?

Permits are available to activate after 7am on the date requested. To activate, call (802) 992-1671.