Burn Permit Information

Burn Permits may be obtained at the following locations:

  • Public Safety Building
    • 1035 Whittier Highway Moultonborough, NH 03254 from the Fire Department (Monday – Friday 7:00 am to 5:00 pm) 
    • Or from the Police Dispatcher on duty (Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 10:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday 7:00 am – 3:00 pm) 
  • Chick-a-Dee Station 473 Whittier Highway Moultonborough, NH 03254 (Monday – Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm) (Sunday 10:00am – 3:00pm)
  • Burn permits may also be obtained online here.

Burn Permit Categories:

  • Category 1
    • The interior burning area is up to 2 feet in diameter
    • It must be at least 25 feet from any structure
    • It may be kindled (with a permit) at any time, raining or not
    • These permits may be issued for the season
  • Category 2
    • The interior burning area is between 2 feet and 4 feet in diameter
    • It must be at least 50 feet from any structure
    • It may only be kindled (with a permit) between the hours of 5:00pm and 9:00am, unless there is a steady rain. If you start a Category 2 fire prior to 5:00 pm and the rain stops you will need to extinguish the fire and wait until after 5:00pm to kindle it again. 
    • These permits may be issued for the season
  • Category 3
    • Any other fire that is not a Category 1 or a Category 2 fire OR a fire not contained within a ring of resistive material
    • May only be kindled with a permit between 5:00pm and 9:00am, unless there is a steady rain. If you start a Category 3 fire prior to 5:00pm and the rain stops you will need to extinguish the fire and wait until after 5:00pm to kindle it again. 
    • These permits may be issued for up to 7 days
  • Category 4
    • This is for a commercial permit fire
    • Must be issued jointly between the Forest Ranger and the Forest Fire Warden (or the Warden's authorized agent)
    • The permitee must comply with additional special provisions

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What materials can I burn?
    • Clean, untreated wood. Brush up to 5 inches in diameter. No domestic waste, treated wood or composite materials. 
  • Who can obtain a fire permit to burn on my property?
    • The homeowner
    • A tenant or guest of the homeowner as long as there is written permission on file
      • Written permission must be presented at the time the permit is obtained
      • It must be dated and signed by the homeowner or legal representative of the homeowner
      • The person who is obtaining the permit must be listed on the written permission
      • You must be 18 years old to obtain a permit
    • A legal representative of the homeowner
      • Proof of representation must be presented at the time the permit is obtained
      • You must be 18 years old to obtain a permit
  • What are the rules for burning during the winter?
    • In order to burn without a fire permit there must be adequate snow cover.
    • There are no designated burning times during the winter. Fires may be kindled any time of the day or night as long as there is adequate snow cover
    • Adequate snow cover or “Ground covered with snow” means the area within a 100 foot radius from the fire edge is covered with snow or other frozen precipitation sufficient to prevent the combustion of woodland fuels until the fire is completely extinguished
  • How do I find out what the fire danger level is?

Any questions pertaining to outside burning please call the Fire Department at (603) 476-5658.