Controlled Burn Reporting

On October 14, 2009 new regulations instituted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation took effect. These new regulations significantly change what materials can be burned, and when they can be burned. A few key points include:

  • Burning household trash in burn barrels is now illegal.
  • Burning leaves is now banned in New York State.
  • Burning pressure treated lumber and plywood is prohibited.
  • What can be burned?
  • Campfires less than 3 feet in height and 4 feet in length, width or diameter
  • Small cooking fires
  • Ceremonial bonfire fires
  • In towns with a population of less than 20,000, you may burn tree limbs with attached leaves. The limbs must be less than 6 inches in diameter and 8 feet in length. However, this is not allowed from March 16 through May 14.
  • Organic agricultural waste (pesticides, plastics and non-organic materials are prohibited).
  • Liquid petroleum fueled smudge pots to prevent frost damage to crops.

Towns, villages, cities and counties can still pass ordinances that are stricter than, and not inconsistent with, open fire regulations. The DEC still requires a permit be obtained if you plan to burn brush and you live in a town which is totally or partially within the Catskill Park (this includes the towns of Denning, Gardiner, Hardenburgh, Olive, Rochester, Shandaken, Shawangunk, Wawarsing and Woodstock). For a complete list of the new DEC regulations, visit their web site at

To report environmental law violations, call 1-800-TIPP DEC (1-800-847-7332). If you need to report an immediately dangerous condition, call 911.

Remember, you are responsible for any damages caused by a fire you start!


MunicipalityFire DistrictOfficialSpecial Notes
Denning Town Clerk 
Ellenville (Village)  No burning
Fire Chief
 EsopusEsopus Fire Chief 
 Port EwenPort Ewen Fire Chief 
 RiftonRifton Fire Chief 
 St. RemySt. Remy Fire Chief 

Town Clerk
Majestic Hardware
DEC Ranger

Hardenburgh Town Clerk 
Hurley No permit needed 
Kingston (City)  No burning
Kingston (Town)SawkillSawkill Fire Chief 
 West HurleyWest Hurley Fire Chief 
Lloyd Building Department 
Marbletown No permit needed 
Marlboro Town Clerk 
New Paltz (Town) No permit needed 
New Paltz (Village)  No burning
Olive Town Clerk
DEC Ranger
No Sunday burning
Plattekill No permit needed 
  DEC RangerOff-site material


  Town Clerk No Sunday burning
Rosendale Fire Marshall 
Saugerties (Town)  No burning
Saugerties (Village)  No burning
Shandaken Town Clerk 
Shawangunk Fire Warden 
UlsterBloomingtonBloomington Fire Chief 
 East KingstonEast Kingston Fire Chief 
 RubyRuby Fire Chief 
 Spring LakeSpring Lake Fire Chief 
 Ulster Hose #5Ulster Hose Fire Chief 
Wawarsing Town Clerk 
Woodstock Woodstock Dispatch