Yes, but you need a permit for outdoor burning and you must apply for one in writing. Fire Marshal John Pokorny, who is also the town’s open burning official, said the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection mandates that applications be filed for residential burn permits. Applications are available at the Town Hall Annex or online on the town’s website at, under Permits/Regulations, Miscellaneous Permits, Requirements for a Residential Burn Permit.

The permit application may be printed and mailed or delivered to the Building Department at the Town Hall Annex. Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 to 4:30. Applications may also be faxed to Mr. Pokorny at 203-222-2670, or scanned and emailed to him at Most burning permits will be issued within 48 hours of receipt of the application, but it could take as long as 10 days.

Burning also depends on that day’s air pollution, fire hazard status, and exactly what you are planning to burn. Call the Communications Center (203-222-2600) before burning anything outside — even if you have gotten a permit in advance. Burning is allowed at any time of year.