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Nashua Burning Permit Renewal 2021

  1. Use this form if you had a burning permit in 2020. If you did not and this is a new permit request, please navigate back to the Burn Permit page and select the form to apply for a new permit.
  2. NH Burning Regulations
    SYNOPSIS OF FIRE PERMIT LAWS AND ADMINISTRATIVE RULES
    From RSA 227-L:17 and Res 5600

    Permission - No person shall kindle a fire upon the land of another without written permission from the owner, agent or caretaker thereof.

    Permits - No person, firm, or corporation shall kindle or cause to be kindled any fire or shall burn or cause to be burned any material, and no city or town shall kindle or maintain a fire on a public dump without first obtaining a written permit from the forest fire warden of the town where the burning is to be done unless it is in the presence of the warden or the warden’s agent. The State Forester may make and adopt such reasonable rules and regulations as may be necessary to give effect to the provision, and he shall prepare all state permits issued by Forest Fire Wardens, or his agent.

    Liability - Any person, firm or corporation causing or kindling a fire without a permit, when a permit is required, and also any person by whose negligence or the negligence of his agents any fire shall be caused, is liable to the town for all expenses incurred in attending or extinguishing such fire. Every person who shall set fire on any land that shall run upon the land of another, shall pay to the owner all damages done by such fire.

    Category I Fire - means 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 between the hours of 5:00pm and midnight. This permit can be issued as a seasonal permit which runs from the date of issuance until December 31 of the calendar year of issuance.

    Category II Fire - means 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, conditions permitting, may only be kindled with a permit between the hours of 5:00 pm and midnight.

    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 midnight.

    Category I or Category II Fires - When written permission has been obtained from the landowner, and a written permit from the Forest Fire Warden, or his agent, category I or category II fires may be kindled in fireplaces, at suitable times and in suitable places where they will not endanger woodlands. Category I and II fires must be kindled in an approved device or enclosed by a fire ring. Upon failure to totally extinguish such fires, the parties responsible are subject to the same liabilities and penalties as are prescribed for other fires.

    Penalty - For kindling a fire in woodlands of another without written permission of the owner, or for kindling any fire without a written permit when a permit is required, a person may be guilty of a misdemeanor and fined up to $2,000.00, and/or imprisoned for a period of up to 1 year.

    If you are not the landowner you may still obtain a permit with written landowner permission. Bring your written permission letter to the Nashua Fire Rescue Fire Marshal's Office (177 Lake Street Nashua, NH) during normal business hours and they will help you obtain a permit. Please call 603-589-3460 to make an appointment before arrive.

    If you would like a Category II or III permit. Please visit the Nashua Fire Rescue Fire Marshal's Office. 177 Lake Street Nashua, NH. Please call 603-589-3460 to make an appointment before arrive.
  3. Do you own the property for which you are obtaining a burning permit?
    If you do not own the property, you are not permitted to burn. Your application will be checked against landowner records to ensure that you are the owner.
  4. Did you have an approved burn permit in 2020?
    Only use this form if you had a permit in 2020 specifically. If you had a permit in a previous year, you must navigate back to the Burning Permit Webpage and apply for a "new" permit.
  5. I understand the NH burning regulations and agree to follow them when I kindle a fire.
  6. I understand that I must have a water source such as a hose or fire extinguisher nearby when I kindle a fire.
  7. I understand that this permit is for a Category I fire and that my burn pit may not be larger than 24" in diameter and my fire pit must be at least 25' from structures on my property and on my neighbors property.
  8. I understand that I must use the "Daily Use Form" to record my daily permit use and that burning may be prohibited because of weather or other environmental factors.
  9. I understand that I may kindle a fire between the hours of 5pm and midnight only, regardless of weather or snow cover.
  10. Enter your email below and a copy of this application will be emailed to you. Use it as your permit.
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