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!


Municipality Fire District Official Special Notes
Denning   Town Clerk  
Ellenville (Village)     No burning
Esopus Connelly Connelly
Fire Chief
  Esopus Esopus Fire Chief  
  Port Ewen Port Ewen Fire Chief  
  Rifton Rifton Fire Chief  
  St. Remy St. Remy Fire Chief  

Town Clerk
Majestic Hardware
DEC Ranger

Hardenburgh   Town Clerk  
Hurley   No permit needed  
Kingston (City)     No burning
Kingston (Town) Sawkill Sawkill Fire Chief  
  West Hurley West 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 Ranger Off-site material


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