To minimize potential health impacts from open burning, we recommend utilizing air quality forecasts when planning the burn. Depending on the meteorological conditions, the proximity of the burn to residences, and air quality level on the day of the burn, smoke from open burning may cause health problems such as respiratory effects or aggravation of heart and lung diseases.
Under Vermont Air Pollution Regulations, the open burning of natural wood and yard waste from property maintenance, property clearing, and so forth is allowed without a permit from the Air Quality and Climate Division. Open burning of trash is never allowed in Vermont, however, there are still reports of illegal burning across the state.
Under the Air Pollution Control Regulations, the open burning of natural wood from property maintenance, cleaning up of property, and so forth is allowed without a permit from the Air Quality & Climate Division. The open burning of some materials, including wood waste from demolition activities at a business, industry, farm or a private residence, is also allowed but requires a permit. If a permit is issued, except in extraordinary circumstances, it will be for the burning of wood only, and only in locations where the smoke will not cause a potential nuisance or health concern.
The Air Quality Compliance Section ensures that industry, businesses, institutions, and individuals comply with air quality regulations and air pollution control permits issued by the Agency of Natural Resources. The Air Quality Compliance Section is responsible for: