Seal: Washington, Connecticut; Founded 1779
The Town of Washington, Connecticut

Open Burning Official

Telephone: 860-868-0620

Appointed Officials:
Gunnar Neilson, Open Burning Official
Here's a copy of the
Open Burning Permit Application
( 1 page)

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Open burning is allowed in the Town of Washington for brush in certain situations. With the exception of burning in a grill or outdoor fireplace for cooking food or camping, you will need a permit to burn out-of-doors. Open burning rules are dictated by Connecticut General Statutes (Section 22a-174) and by the Department of Environmental Protection regulations (22a-264-17).

To burn brush, call Open Burning Official Gunnar Neilson between 7:30 and 9:00 a.m. (868-0620). Mr. Neilson will provide information you and an Application for a Burning Permit. You may also obtain a Burning Permit application outside the Land Use Office on the lower level of Town Hall. On days Mr. Neilson is unavailable, fill out a Permit application and bring it to the Selectmen's Office (868-2259).

The Permit is valid for the property owner, or agent of the owner, on -- and only on -- the owner's property. A Permit is applicable only for the date and occasion for which it was issued.

Guidelines For Open Burning Of Brush

Burning without a Permit is considered a criminal act and may be punishable by fine or arrest. The Burning Official may revoke any permit or add conditions if circumstances indicate.

Web page last updated: August 3, 2010