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Burning Permits

A burning permit is required before kindling any type of outside fire, regardless of weather conditions. Permits will be issued annually, upon request, to property owners or to tenants over the age of 18 having written permission from the property owner. Permit holders then need only contact the Station prior to burning to confirm their activities. Remember always to use safe practices when burning: check the day's fire danger, never leave a fire unattended or use flammable accelerants, and always have a hose, rake or shovel ready to assist with fully extinguishing the fire.

What can I burn:

Clean, ordinary combustibles including wood, leaves and brush less than 5 inches in diameter, campfire wood, charcoal (on the ground), or untreated wood from construction or demolition from a building.

When can I burn: 

Permitted burn times vary by category of fire. A Category I fire may be kindled with a permit at any time whether raining or not.  Category II  or Category III fires may only be kindled with a permit between the hours of 5:00 pm and 9:00 am unless it is raining. If it ceases raining, you must extinguish the fire immediately and wait until after 5:00 pm to re-kindle it. In all cases, there must be someone with the fire at all times until the fire is fully extinguished (emitting no flames, smoke, or heat). Remember, a buried fire is NOT an extinguished fire.

Where can I burn:

A category I fire must be at least 25’ from structures and category II or greater fire must be at least 50’ from structures.

IT'S THE LAW - YOU MUST HAVE A PERMIT TO BURN: Learn more about RSA 227-L:17 and Res 5600 or visit the NH Division of Forests and Lands website for more information

OTHER PERMITS: In addition to burn permits, the following items and services are available at the Windham Fire Department. Several of the permits/inspections listed are required by law, and individuals are encouraged to contact the Department at (603) 434-4907 to ensure proper compliance with local, state, and/or federal regulations.

  • Above Ground LPG 300+ Gallons
  • Automatic Fire Extinguishing System
  • Bank Smoke Detectors Certification
  • Blasting Permits
  • Combustible Material
  • Day Cares - Center, Family or Group
  • Fire Alarm Commercial
  • Fire Pumps
  • Flammable Finishes
  • Flammable/Combustible Liquid Storage
  • Gas Burner & Water Heater
  • Oil Burner & Water Heater 
  • Place of Assembly
  • Public Fireworks Display
  • Sprinkler System
  • Underground Tank Installation
  • Underground Tank Removal
  • Un-Vented Space Heater
  • Vented Space Heater
  • Wood/Coal Stove

Category I Fire  - is a small controlled fire, such as a camp or cooking fire, no greater than 2’ in diameter contained within a ring of fire resistive material or in a portable fireplace. A category I fire, conditions permitting, may be kindled with a permit at any time of day whether raining or not.

Category II Fire  - is a controlled fire, such as a camp or cooking fire, no greater than 4’ in diameter contained within a ring of fire resistive material or in a portable fireplace. A category II fire may only be kindled with a permit between the hours of 5:00 pm and 9:00 am unless it is actually raining.

Category III Fire  - means any other fire, not a category I or category II fire or a fire greater than 4’ in diameter or a fire not contained within a ring of resistive material. A category III fire, conditions permitting, may only be kindled with a permit between the hours of 5:00 pm and 9:00 am unless it is actually raining. 

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